'Professionals actively encourage under 16s to have sex by giving them contraception', says Family Education Trust

'Professionals actively encourage under 16s to have sex by giving them contraception', says Family Education Trust

Norman Wells believes contraception encourages under 16s to have sex

Monday, May 8, 2017

Professionals are shrugging their shoulders and saying sex is just something young people do these days, whilst actively encouraging them to have it.

That's according to the Family Education Trust, which has released a report claiming that underage sex is now seen as a part of growing up and it is leaving children vulnerable to sexual abuse.

Norman Wells, the director of the charity, told Julia Hartley-Brewer that young people are at risk of sexual exploitation because underage sex is not taken seriously enough.

He thinks that allowing under 16s access to confidential contraception is encouraging them to engage in sexual activity, but Julia argued that without this there would probably be more teenage pregnancies and diseases spread.

Wells also suggested that there is confusion amongst teenagers as to why they can access contraception whilst being under 16, yet break the law if they have sex.

The Family Education Trust are calling for a national debate on the issue and Wells hopes its report will encourage people to talk about underage sex.

Listen to the full interview above