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Teen pregnancy continues to fall

12 March, 2014

Teen pregnancy continues to fall

Teenage pregnancies in England and Wales have continued to drop, the latest figures show. Posted: 12 March 2014 by Rob Dabrowski

Teenage pregnancies in England and Wales have continued to drop, the latest figures show.

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Office for National Statistics annual data shows the under-18 conception rate has dropped by 10% in a year.

The most recent figure is 27.9 conceptions per 1000 women aged 15-17, which is the lowest since 1969.

Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England (PHE), said: ‘Today’s data show us high conception rates are not inevitable, if young people receive the right support.

‘Teenage pregnancy and early motherhood can be associated with poor educational achievement, poor physical and mental health, social isolation and poverty, so it is vital this downward trend is continued.

‘PHE is committed to supporting local government and partners to further reduce under 18 and under 16 conceptions, and provide support for young parents, as an important route to tackling inequalities, reducing child poverty and improving public health.'

The figures show that the conception rate among women over 35 is still rising and, since 1990, the conception rate for women aged over 40 has more than doubled from 6.6 to 14 conceptions per 1000 women.

The data also confirms a continuing rise in the number of pregnancies and births outside marriage.

Alison Hadley, an adviser to PHE on teen pregnancy, said: ‘Continued investment and dedication over the last 10 years has paid real dividends.

‘But the England under-18 conception rate remains higher than other western European countries.

‘We need to find ways to both sustain the significant reductions we've made and accelerate progress.

‘Evidence and lessons from local areas shows us young people need comprehensive sex and relationship education in and out of school, easy access to young people-centred contraceptive and sexual health services, and targeted support for those most at risk.’

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