Teenage pregnancy rate falls in Warwickshire

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LATEST figures released by the Office of National Statistics this week show that there has been a further drop in the number of teenage pregnancies in Warwickshire.

The new figures show the conception rate for under 18s for 2010 in Warwickshire was 34.8 conceptions per 1000 females aged 15-17. This is a 4% reduction on the 2009 rate (36.3) and a 16% reduction on the 1998 baseline rate (41.4).

The Respect Yourself Campaign team welcome the reduction as this highlights one element of the county’s interventions that seem to be making a difference to supporting young people to take control and make positive choices about their sexual health and well-being.

Amy Danahay, Respect Yourself Campaign Manager, at Warwickshire County Council, said: “These figures are excellent news, and show that the Campaign’s hard work is paying off, and the multi-agency approach towards tackling high conception rates amongst under-18s is working. We look forward to seeing teenage pregnancy rates drop even further when future figures are released. We cannot afford to sit back though as young people still tell us that more needs to be done to help them have positive relationships.”

Helen King, Deputy Director of Public Health at NHS Warwickshire, said: “Sexual health is not just about contraception or the avoidance of unwanted pregnancies or infections - here in Warwickshire the issue of young people’s personal relationships matters for all of us and ultimately determines the health and wellbeing of them, their families and their future happiness.”

Warwickshire has a teenage pregnancy strategy that is delivered by a partnership of agencies to ensure services work together to meet the needs of young people under the umbrella of the Respect Yourself Campaign. As a partnership they strive to provide young people with the skills to resist the pressure to have sex too early, and to make positive, informed choices about their sexual health and relationships.

The Respect Yourself Campaign supports parents and carers and offers advice about talking to their sons and daughters about relationships and sexual health, through a range of workshops and training programmes.