22nd November, 2016

FPA is pleased to see further decreases in teenage pregnancy rates for England and Wales.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that in the third quarter of 2015, the rate of under 18s conceptions was 19.7 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17. Compared to the same quarter in 2014, this represents an 11% decrease from 22.1.

On a rolling basis, the annual rate at the end of September 2015 was 21.4. In England it was 21.2 and in Wales, 24.3.

FPA's Head of Training and Programmes, Paul Casey, said: “It is great to see this continued trend of lower conception rates among under 18s. We want all young people to be able to make positive choices about their own sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.

"However, it is important that the lower overall figure does not mask what are still quite big regional variations. At a time when we know public health budgets are being squeezed and some local prevention services are not being prioritised, it's so important we don't take our eye off the ball.

"As another set of figures is published for another quarter, we continue to call on the Government to implement statutory sex and relationships education for all young people as a priority. This will no doubt have even more of a positive impact on these statistics in years to come."

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Teenage pregnancy