UK council urging mums with kids in state care to stop breeding further

The Pause Programme aims to prevent at-risk women having more children.
The Pause Programme aims to prevent at-risk women having more children. Photo credit: Getty Images

An English council is considering urging women who have had their children taken into care to start using contraception to prevent them falling pregnant again.

Some women with chaotic lives in Derbyshire County have had up to eight children taken off them.

Now the local council is proposing asking those at-risk mothers to take measures to stop more pregnancies.

The Derbyshire Telegraph reports that 80 women had 262 children under the age of five taken into care during the five years up to March 2018.

The Derbyshire County Council is set to try the Pause Programme, which aims to use contraception and other measures to break destructive cycles of behaviour.

The council lists the most common reasons for women having children taken away as alcohol and substance abuse, domestic abuse, street sex work and mental health issues.

Contraceptive implants could be part of the approach.

It would also include support for at-risk women such as training and employment opportunities, counselling and support with drug and alcohol misuse.

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