Teenagers, Sex and the Brook Advisory Centres (1964-1985)

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Rusterholz, Caroline 

In a 1967 article published in the Birmingham Post, a young couple shared their experience of attending the Brook Advisory Centre (BAC), the first centre to provide contraceptive advice for young people in post-war Britain. The ‘girl’, twenty-one and engaged, explained that she had been sleeping with her fiancé since she was sixteen. She stated that she had had ‘a major scare’ and phoned a Family Planning Association clinic for help. She was told that they could only see her if she was getting married in the coming three months. Since this was not the case, they directed her to BAC. The ‘girl’ explained that she was ‘apprehensive’ before phoning BAC, but was amazed by the reaction on the other end of the line; she was asked about the urgency of her needs and told that ‘We’re not concerned with whether you have a steady relationship or not.’ The client thought that ‘that was marvellous: they were concerned with your needs, your real needs, and not to sit in judgement on your morals’.

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Children's Experiences of Welfare in Modern Britain
Wellcome Trust (209726/Z/17/Z)