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School children offered contraceptive implants

Teenagers at nine schools in Southampton have been offered contraceptive implants at their in-house sexual health clinics.

The schools are not required to tell parents if their children have had the 4 cm (1.5 inches) tube inserted under the skin of their upper arm, which releases a hormone to stop ovulation.

The Department of Health says that individual schools across England and Wales are able to offer the contraceptive pill to pupils if they want to, but some parents are angry that they are not being informed.

Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire spoke to Susan Trigger, the head of Bittern Park Secondary School in Southampton, which runs one of the sexual health clinics.

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Victoria Derbyshire broadcasts weekdays 10:00 to 12:00 on Radio 5 live.

  • 08 Feb 2012
  • From the section Health