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The Teens and Toddlers Sustainability Replication Programme has been selected to feature as a best practice case-study on The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO) for its project in Tameside, Manchester. The local authority chose to invest in Teens and Toddlers as an effective programme of early identification and prevention, to positively impact rates of NEET and teenage pregnancy in vulnerable young people. Long term outcomes include raised self-esteem, aspiration and educational attainment. C4EO works to support and drive positive change in the delivery of children’s services and ultimately outcomes for children, young people and their families. It showcases excellence in local practice, combined with high quality research and data about ‘what works’. The panel acknowledged the Teens and Toddlers programme as effective, good value for money and well evidenced.

Tameside MBC has one of the highest rates of teenage conceptions in the North West, so recognised a need to invest in early intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy rates, as well as raise the esteem and aspirations of participants for positive long-term outcomes in education and employment engagement. Since 2007, over 100 young people from four high schools, have participated in the programme and to date none of those young people have caused a pregnancy or fallen pregnant. The Teens and Toddlers Sustainability Replication Programme is an accredited Youth Work Level 3 Diploma, training local authority workers to deliver Teens and Toddlers.
Teens and Toddlers is a targeted youth support programme designed to reduce teenage pregnancy and increase aspiration and educational engagement in at risk young people. It combines hands on experience in a nursery with one-to-one counselling and classroom sessions. It is the only youth development and teenage pregnancy prevention intervention that provides a gateway to employment and qualifications through its accreditation scheme and the opportunity to gain a Level 1 NCFE Award in Interpersonal Skills.

The young people are each teamed with a vulnerable small child, who they mentor and develop a relationship with as a role model. The small child benefits from additional attention and for the teenager it brings into sharp relief the hard work, responsibility and great privilege of becoming a parent. The focus is on realising potential, making positive choices and postponing parenthood until they are more mature and appreciate the importance of emotional and financial stability when raising a child.

Diana Whitmore, Chief Executive of Teens and Toddlers, said: “We know that investment in early intervention transforms lives. By taking part vulnerable young people can learn valuable life skills, gain work experience and confidence and reengage with education and their community. In partnership with Tameside we are delighted with the recognition we have received from C4EO and are absolutely committed to delivering it in as many Local Authorities as possible.”

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About Teens and Toddlers (
Teens and Toddlers is a targeted youth support and sexual health programme for at risk young people aged 13-17, that has been designed to significantly reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies amongst participants.

Through nursery-based work experience and classroom sessions, highly experienced facilitators help vulnerable young people develop their own skills, confidence and outlook on life, as well as their understanding of sexual health and relationships. Research has shown that as well as reducing the incidence of teenage pregnancies, participation also increases self-esteem, aspirations and educational engagement.

Originating in the USA, the Teens and Toddlers programme is delivered in the UK by the independent charity Children Our Ultimate Investment UK (COUI UK), founded by Diana Whitmore and Stacey Millichamp in 2001.
About the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes (C4EO

The Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People’s Services (C4EO) is a collaborative centre, which gathers and shares the best knowledge available of ‘what works’ to contribute to a step-change in outcomes for children and young people, especially those who are most vulnerable.

It will seek to do this by identifying, coordinating and communicating ‘what works’ knowledge about systems and practices that have improved outcomes in services for children and young people. The Centre will share this knowledge with the children’s sector and offer tailored support to Local Authorities and their Children’s Trust partners, to help them improve outcomes for their priorities in their local context.

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