The Sex Education Forum is a partner in the optimisation of Positive Choices.
Researchers at the London School of Hygience and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) will evaluate Positive Choices, a programme which will be delivered in secondary schools, which aims to prevent unintended teenage pregnancies. The intervention will be optimised in collaboration with the Sex Education Forum, a secondary school and various other collaborators.
The Positive Choices intervention will use social marketing strategies and will have several elements; providing education on emotions and relationships; review of access to sexual health services; and helping young people to run campaigns in their school highlighting the importance of making informed decisions about relationships, sex and parenthood.
This research does not assess whether Positive Choices works in reducing unintended teenage pregnancies, but first explores whether the intervention and research methods are practical. This will involve two stages. The first will involve assessing the feasibility of Positive Choices in the school which helped to optimise it, and refining the intervention as necessary. The second stage will involve four state secondary schools delivering the programme and two others acting as comparison.