Pregnant and Parenting Students Policy

Every year in Australia thousands of young women who are still at school become pregnant. At present a young woman’s chances of completing secondary school once she becomes pregnant—and makes the decision to continue the pregnancy—are very low.

Early school leaving is a major factor in shaping a set of circumstances which often spell a life of hardship and poverty for not only the young woman herself, but also her child and any other children she may have. One of the most effective ways to minimise the risk of such outcomes is to support young pregnant women and young mothers to stay connected to schooling.

AWE plans to keep an eye on developments around the country, and to provide updated information on this website about what school systems are doing to support pregnant and parenting students.

Find out more about AWE's support for pregnant and parenting young people and download What it Takes, AWE's 2010 Report giving detailed case studies of community and school-based programs for pregnant and parenting young people, an overview of effective practice and recommendations for the future.