5.28 Pregnancy of a Child

All professionals, particularly health and education staff who have most contact with pregnant teenagers, have a responsibility to consider the welfare of both the prospective mother and her baby.

Any assessment of need should address what support systems exist for the young woman and her family.

All pregnant girls under the age of sixteen have by definition been involved in unlawful sexual activity and should be referred to Surrey Children's Services or the Police Public Protection Investigation Unit whenever abuse is suspected.

Where there are concerns about the ability of any young mother to care for her baby without additional support, a referral must also be made to Surrey Children's Services - see Contacts and Referrals Procedure.

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