Child Development / Family Research

British 12 Year Old Pregnant Schoolgirl Wants to Keep Her Child

About to become Britain’s youngest mum, the girl is pleading with social work bosses to let her keep her baby.

The girl, who was aged just 11 when she became pregnant, fears the infant may be taken into care when it is born. The West Lothian youngster is due to give birth in a few weeks, breaking the record set by Jenny Teague, of

Dorset, who had a baby aged 12 years and nine months in 1997.

But she told the Scottish Sun that social workers had warned her she may not be allowed to keep her baby.

The paper has reported that they told her the house she shares with her mother and five brothers and sisters may be too small, and needed decorating.

Now she is hoping to get the chance to look after her child.

She told the newspaper: “I just need the chance to prove myself – I know I can be a good mum… I’m willing to do whatever it takes to keep my baby, I don’t know how I’d cope if I lost it.”

And she added: “I feel like I’m being picked on because of my age but I love kids and I think being a mum will come naturally. If they take my baby away from me and my family I’ll end up really depressed.”

The news that the youngster is to become the UK’s youngest mum led to calls for better sex education [by some].

[13 May 2006,  http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/PA_NEWA51761521147508083A00?source=PA%20Feed]