In a bid to lower the teenage pregnancy rate, primary schools in Great Britain have decided to deliver sex education to children as young as five to seven years old after boy-father Alfie Patten’s story emerged earlier this month. Children at 25 schools in the Midlands will be taught about boys’ and girls’ sexual organs and about relationships after 13-year-old Alfie reportedly became one of Britain’s youngest parents. The 13-year-old East Sussex teen reportedly conceived baby Maisie with his girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15. Alfie was 12 at the time and Chantelle was 14.
Linda Jagger, head teacher at Caldecote Primary School in Braunstone, Leicester, said she introduced sex education early after reading about Alfie’s plight. “Most people who heard about the 13-year-old dad had some serious qualms about children’s understanding of sex education and how it’s being taught,” she told the Daily Mail. “When I was watching little Alfie on TV it really got me concerned and I wanted to do something to prevent it happening with the children in my school. Some of our children, only a few years after leaving primary, could find themselves in these situations. We have to encourage communication at an early age, otherwise it might be too late.”
Under the program, more explicit details, including information about contraception, sexually transmitted infections and abortion, would be taught to children after the age of 11.