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New figures reveal a further drop in Leicestershire’s teenage pregnancies.
Latest government statistics show that the rate is at its lowest since 1969 and is the second best in the East Midlands.
Leicestershire’s figures remain significantly lower than the national average at 25.4 per 1,000, and reveal a drop of over 30 per cent in under-18 conception rates compared to 1998.
The rates are the lowest seen in Leicestershire for nine years and represent a one per cent drop compared to the previous year.
Mike Sandys, chair of the Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership, said: “We are delighted to see a further reduction in rates. Our approach involves a range of partners and a variety of activity and this news is a credit to everyone involved.”
Nationally, in 2011, the under-18 conception rate for England was 30.7 conceptions per 1,000 girls aged 15-17. This represents a decline of 10.2 per cent since 2010 (34.2 conceptions per 1,000) and continues the overall downward trend observed since 1998.�
Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership works with young people to reduce conception rates and provide support for teenage parents.
The partnership includes Leicestershire County Council, NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland and Connexions Leicestershire.
Over the past 24 months, it has:�
• Reduced teenage pregnancy rates even further – rates are now down by over 30 per cent when compared to 1998.�
• Launched a new toolkit for the delivery of relationships and sex education in further education colleges.
• Encouraged young people to contribute to a new book designed to showcase being teenage mum or dad in the 21st century, and due to be published in April.
For more information on the Leicestershire Teenage Pregnancy Partnership, visit: www.letstalktp.org .
For information on local sexual health services visit: www.leicestersexualhealth.nhs.uk