Nearly a quarter of girls in care become teenage mothers, reveals CSJ

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Nearly a quarter of girls leaving care become teenage mothers – around three times the national average, according to a new report by a leading think-tank.

The 22 per cent figure means that around 1,000 females from care are becoming teenage mothers every year.

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is concerned about an inter-generational cycle of disadvantage it says is running through England’s struggling care system. It has found that at least one in ten care leavers aged 16–21 who are parents have had a child taken into care in the last year.

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