Dundee expands safe sex scheme

A scheme in Dundee is using teenagers to teach younger schoolchildren about sex education.

The city is seen as the teenage pregnancy capital of Scotland and so authorities in Dundee have trialled the method in Menzieshill High School and Morgan Academy for the past two years, the Express reports.

But now the safe sex programme, which is called Health Buddies, is to be expanded to another two education establishments.

It is hoped teenagers will be able to connect with the other kids and reinforce the importance of wearing condoms when they do become sexually active.

The news provider observed figures for Dundee, the fourth largest city in Scotland, revealed 700 schoolgirls - including 21 children under 14 - fell pregnant in one year.

Ann Eriksen, of NHS Tayside, said "The scheme is not about just sex, it's about emotional development and readiness for relationships and guidance staff retain a very active role in providing relationship and sexual education."