It’s five years since the first London school opened an on-site clinic that dishes out contraceptive advice and condoms to schoolkids. And it seems to be working. Not a baby at the school ever since, compared with nine pregnancies in a year shortly before the programme began.
Writing in the Guardian, Fran Abrams points out that the in-school clinic programme is spreading quietly across the UK. It’s not completely without detractors, but most parents recognise that the more information their kids can get about sex and drugs (and the rotten things they can do to you if you’re not sensible about them) the better. At least kids in southeast London don’t think they can prevent pregnancy with Mountain Dew.