Education For Choice
Education For Choice (EFC) is the only UK project dedicated to enabling young people to make and act on informed choices about pregnancy & abortion. EFC provides evidence-based information on pregnancy options & trains professionals to ensure children & young people receive effective sex education.
Charity information: Brook
Abortion may be seen as controversial, but it’s common – a third of women in the UK experience abortion and half of teenagers who become pregnant will choose to end the pregnancy. Young people report a lack of good quality information on pregnancy options and we work to ensure that they have access to impartial, factual information on prevention of unwanted pregnancy as well as pregnancy decision-making.
We think everyone deserves access to evidence-based, non-judgemental information on pregnancy options and we deliver workshops, training and resources to help meet that aim. We work with professionals to ensure they can deal with pregnancy issues sensitively and accurately, we provide youth workshops allowing young people a safe space in which to discuss pregnancy options, and we advocate for young people's right to reliable information on these topics.
To advocate for young people's right to good quality, impartial education on pregnancy and abortion.
Activities» Influence policy-makers and professionals to assess practice and improve education around abortion.
» Encourage young people to advocate for their own right to evidence-based and unbiased sex education through youth participation work.
» Keep abortion education on the public agenda and ensure that this crucial topic is not neglected or left to those with an ideological agenda.
What success will look like
Press coverage of issues relating to abortion education, responses to EFC's report on education in this area.
To increase the ability of professionals working with young people to deal with pregnancy issues.
Activities» Provide national training to those working with young people to ensure they have the information and skills they need to deal with pregnancy issues.
» Create inclusive resources which provide much-needed factual information on abortion and can be used by teachers and professionals.
What success will look like
Feedback from professional training days and resources used throughout the country.
Increased awareness of the importance of getting education about abortion right, recommendation of EFC resources by professional bodies (Sex Education Forum, PSHE Association etc), professionals report increased skills, knowledge and confidence in talking about this subject with young people, press coverage of issues such as anti-abortion misinformation in schools and in pregnancy counselling centres.
The main risk our project faces is potential difficulties in obtaining funding! Dealing, as we do, with a 'sensitive' subject, it can be difficult to obtain funding from traditional trusts and foundations. We are therefore hoping to increase the amount of funding we can raise from our supporters and those who see our work in action in the fields of education and health.
All donors will be given the option to be added to the EFC mailing list to receive regular updates on our work and achievements.
Budget - Project Cost: £50,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £35,000 Staff costs One full-time member of staff £5,000 Consultancy Additional support £10,000 Admin costs Overheads, travel, print and design, volunteer expenses etc
Education For Choice is based in London but delivers work nationally.
The majority of our direct work with young people takes place in the most deprived boroughs in London, with some of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in the country. Our professional training is delivered across the UK and has the potential to reach some of the most vulnerable young people - those who will come into contact with social workers, youth workers and health professionals.
EFC is the only UK project which delivers this work. For the last 20 years EFC has championed young people's right to evidence-based information on pregnancy and abortion and remains the authority on young people and abortion. EFC has the expertise and experience to deliver this work effectively and its positioning within Brook ensures a wide-reach for its advocacy work.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Laura Hurley, Senior Project Worker, is the sole full time staff member working on the Education For Choice project.
"Without Education for Choice too many young women wouldn't know where to turn when faced with a crisis pregnancy. Keep up the excellent work!"