Crisis Pregnancy Programme Annual Report 2010

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme’s 2010 Annual Report was recently
launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Frances
Fitzgerald, T.D. This is the first Annual Report from the HSE Crisis
Pregnancy Programme, (formerly the Crisis Pregnancy Agency), since it
transferred to the HSE in January 2010.

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs also announced the
publication of new lesson plans for teachers and youth workers
developed by the programme with the Department of Education and Skills
and support from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). The
new lesson plans form part of a wider education initiative,


‘b4udecide.ie’, for younger teenagers aiming to encourage them to make
healthy, responsible decisions about relationships and sex. The
b4udecide.ie lesson plans, together with the TRUST pack and DVD (for
senior cycle RSE), complement the comprehensive range of high quality
resources available to post-primary schools in the delivery
relationships and sexuality education.

The b4udecide.ie educational initiative was developed in response to
extensive research, which found that young people are having sex at an
earlier age than in previous generations and young people who
experience first sexual intercourse before 17 years of age are 70%
more likely to experience crisis pregnancy in their lifetime, three
times more likely to report having a sexually transmitted infection
(STI) and three times more likely to experience abortion. Those who
had sex before 17 were also more likely to wish they had waited longer
before having sex.

The HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme is now operating as a national
programme in the Integrated Services Directorate of the Health Service
Executive. The annual report is available to download at
www.crisispregnancy.ie