23rd August, 2016

FPA has welcomed a continued decrease in teenage pregnancy rates in England and Wales.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics show that in the second quarter of 2015, the rate of under 18s conceptions was 21.8 per 1,000 women aged 15 to 17. Compared to the same quarter in 2014, this represents a 6.9% decrease from 23.3.

On a rolling basis, the annual rate at the end of June 2015 was 22.0.

FPA's Chief Executive, Natika H Halil, said: “Although not all teenage pregnancies are unplanned or unwanted, we know that teenagers who become parents, and their children as a result, are more likely to have poorer health, education, social and economic outcomes.

“It’s so important for us to empower young people to be able to make positive choices about their own sexual health and wellbeing.

"And it’s more important than ever that we don’t become complacent, especially when it seems like teenage pregnancy is a continued good news story.

“It is particularly disappointing that as another quarter of the year passes and another set of data is published, we still don’t have statutory sex and relationships education (SRE).

“Evidence shows very clearly that the best way to reduce teenage pregnancies is with high quality SRE in tandem with access to youth-friendly contraceptive services.

“While we welcome this continued decrease, we are still not matching the lower levels achieved in other countries in Western Europe, and it’s hard to imagine we will do unless all young people are given the information and support they need growing up.”

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Teenage pregnancy