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School Age Mothers (SAM) Programme – Education Authority NI

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Forestview, Purdy's Lane, Belfast,
BT8 7AR View Location on Map >
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028 9069 4964
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What does the term ‘School Aged Mother’ mean ?
This term refers to young women of compulsorily school age who have had a child.

The School Aged Mothers (S.A.M) Project was established to support young women who are pregnant or who have had a baby whilst of compulsory school age which is up to the end of Year 12.

The Project is also available for young women who stay on at school in year 13 and 14. It was set up to provide choice and support for young women and to specifically address the issue of young women leaving school each year around the time they become pregnant.

What support with education is available through S.A.M. for young women who have had or are expecting a child?

The SAM (School Aged Mothers) Project is available across Northern Ireland. The Project offers support to continue education as well as helping a young women have her personal development, antenatal and health care needs addressed.

A Project in your local area could involve the following professionals: an Education Welfare Service project officer, an education tutor, a Surestart worker, a health visitor, a midwife and crèche supervisors. A young woman can meet up with other girls who are also young mums, she can take part in a supportive group or get support on an individual basis. There is a range of expert practical advice available on health, benefit, welfare and education issues and some projects include on-site tuition.
How does a young women access the ‘SAM’ support service?

A referral to the Project will normally come from an Education Welfare Officer, a school, or can come from a health professional or social worker. A young woman can also directly ask about this support at her school or from the EWS offices in her area.

Belfast Area Education Welfare Service:
02890 564000
SAM Co-ordinator: 02890 236817

South Eastern Education Area
Education Welfare Service: 02890 566941
Deputy-Chief Education Welfare Officer:
02890 566498

Southern Education Area:
Education Welfare Service: 02837 512386
SAM Programme Officer: 02837 523158

North Eastern Education Area:
Education Welfare Service: 02825 662563
SAM Co-ordinator:
Northern Area 02870 357290
Central Area 02894 463512
Southern Area 02890 862568

Western Education Area:
Education Welfare Service: 02882 411289
SAM Co-ordinator:
Derry 02871 272349
Derry /Limavady 02877 760932
Strabane/Castlederg 02871 884027
Omagh 02882 411289
Enniskillen 02866 343921

Organisation Type
  • Education
Main Age Groups
  • Less than 18 years
Method of Access (Referral)
  • School
  • Social Worker
Family Support Services Categories
  • Support for School Age Mothers
Main Category of Services
  • Education
  • Young Parents

Areas covered

  • All of N Ireland
  • Antrim
  • Ards
  • Armagh
  • Ballymena
  • Ballymoney
  • Banbridge
  • Belfast
  • Carrickfergus
  • Castlereagh
  • Coleraine
  • Cookstown
  • Craigavon
  • Derry
  • Down
  • Dungannon
  • Fermanagh
  • Larne
  • Limavady
  • Lisburn
  • Magherafelt
  • Moyle
  • Newry&Mourne
  • Newtownabbey
  • North Down
  • Omagh
  • Strabane


School Age Mothers (SAM) Programme – Education Authority NI

  • School Age Mothers (SAM) Programme – Education Authority NI