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Condoms given out in youth clubs

Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 12:26 UK time, Monday, 18 June 2007

Does giving out condoms to children encourage 'overly liberal attitudes to sex among under-age children'?

That's the claim being made by Mark Isherwood, Conservative AM for North Wales, who raised the issue after it emerged condoms are being handed out at youth clubs and information shops in Flintshire by the county’s Youth and Community Service. [http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk has the full story]

Last year, a debate started in our Wrexham mini site [specifically Giving condoms to children] after Wrexham Council discussed a pilot scheme, giving our condoms and morning after pills to teens at a secondary school. The scheme has still to be approved.

Meanwhile, Wrexham is the European capital for teen pregnancies and there is no shortage of young mums coming forward to talk about their experiences in Teen Mums, like pregnant M who already has two other children aged four and two.

Getting back to the http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk article, Flintshire County Council insists the youth workers follow guidelines on distributing contraceptives to teenagers without parental involvement.

But father-of-six Mr Isherwood says: “There’s a danger that this can give the green light or the wrong message to a child that it’s a viable alternative and it’s okay."

However, the young people themselves have a different view according to the posts in our debate, Giving condoms to children. Join the debate.

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