Teenage mothers are less likely to finish education and more likely to bring up their children alone and in poverty. Children of teen parents are at increased risk of poverty, poor educational attainment, poor housing and health. MAP provides early intervention and support for young women during pregnancy, resulting in young mothers having better parenting skills and more confidence in themselves and their ability to be effective parents. This makes them less likely to become subject to child protection plans and more costly statutory interventions. The Pilgrim Trust funding enables MAP to offer young mothers 1:1 support, a weekly drop-in stay-and-play group for young mothers and their children, home visits, mediation and advocacy, and group parenting courses.
Young mums are supported to gain in confidence and parenting ability, become better able to advocate for themselves and their child, develop stronger relationships with the father of their child, resulting in more stable environments for families, be better able to work with safeguarding teams when their child is deemed to be at risk or in need and access support for additional needs. One-to-one sessions are available if young women who approach MAP are not yet confident enough to work as part of a group, ensuring they do not miss important opportunities to build parenting skills. Importantly they are given support in forming strong attachments with their children and help with breast feeding. MAP staff also assess additional advice needs such as housing or income management.
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