Scotsman.com 16 August 2012
PARENTS are being urged to play a bigger role in educating their children about sex after the country’s largest health board said schools had “failed” in their attempts to limit the number of teenage pregnancies.
A new campaign has been launched by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to encourage parents to talk to their children from a young age about puberty, relationships and sexual health.
It came as the health board’s senior health improvement officer, Jo Zinger, said sex education in schools had not done enough to tackle the problem of teenage pregnancies.
“Schools have failed so far in terms of educating young people on these issues and teenage pregnancies have gone through the roof,” she said.
“I don’t think it’s solely their fault and schools will still have a role to play, but this campaign is about helping parents to ensure they offer the right guidance to their children at the right time.”