Girls, 13, get secret birth control implant at school without parents’ knowledge – Mirror Online
The controversial procedure was carried out on pupils to cut underage pregnancies in one city
Girls as young as 13 have been injected with contraceptive implants at school without their parents’ knowledge.
The controversial procedure was carried out on pupils to cut underage pregnancies in one city.
It is unknown how many teenagers have taken part in the scheme at the nine secondary schools.
But the revelation has caused outrage among some parents who were unaware their daughters were fitted with the 4cm device which is implanted under the skin.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, blasted: “Parents send their children to school to receive a good education, not to be undermined by health workers who give their children contraceptives behind their backs.
“The last thing health authorities should be doing is fuelling the flames of promiscuity.”
The pupils were given the implants by NHS experts in Southampton.
Many panicking parents who knew nothing about it were forced to inspect their child’s arm for any sign of the device.
One angry mum, whose 13-year-old daughter was given the contraceptive, claimed the school went ahead without consulting their family doctor. The woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It is morally wrong.”
They insisted letters were sent to parents in 2009.
A spokeswoman for Solent NHS Trust and NHS Southampton said: “We are committed to ensuring local young people are able to access clinically appropriate sexual health support.”