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Thursday, June 17, 1999 Published at 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK

Special report: Teenage pregnancy

Rates of teenage pregnancy are falling across Europe - except in Britain. The government's social exclusion unit report aims to halve teenage pregnancy in England and Wales in 10 years. BBC News explores one of today's most challenging social issues.

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Boys face teenage pregnancy crackdown
More emphasis will be put on the role of boys in teenage pregnancy, according to the government's social exclusion unit report, published on 14 June.

Teenage pregnancy: The reaction
Family planning experts welcomed the social exclusion unit report, but wanted sex education to have a more central role.

Labour's 'Third Way' to cut teen pregnancy
The BBC's Social Affairs correspondent Niall Dickson analyses the implications of the social exclusion unit report on teen pregnancies.

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What to do when kids have kids
British children's lack of knowledge about sex is at the heart of an issue that is about to burst forward on the national political scene: teenage pregnancy.
Schools take on teenage pregnancy
As the UK digests the government's solution to teenage pregnancy, many counselling programmes are already well under way.

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The picture worldwide
Teenagers the world over face similar problems over access to information and advice, say family planners. But the UK has the worst levels of unmarried teenage mothers

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A mother's story
Maya Elmalem is no "typical" teenage mum. While the government, family planning agencies and family values organisations treat teenage mothers as a problem group, each has her own story.

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Let's talk about sex
The UK curriculum for sex education is patchy at best. The best lessons are taught in co-operation with parents which is not always easy to achieve.

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What to do when kids have kids

Teenage pregnancies: the picture worldwide

A mother's story

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