Continued Reduction In Teenage Pregnancy Rates Across The Bradford District
The latest data published by the Office for National Statistics shows Bradford as having one of the lowest conception rates for under 18’s across West Yorkshire.
It continues a trend which has seen the conception rate in girls aged less than 18 years of age fall by over 60% since 1998.
Bradford has the second lowest rate in West Yorkshire, and is only slightly above the overall rate for England of 18.8 per 1000 girls.
In 2015 there was a rate of 22.4 conceptions for every 1,000 girls aged under 18, compared to 20.0 per 1,000 in 2016.
A partnership approach and strong commitment from Bradford’s education teams, public health and third sector organisations, has continued to reduce numbers of conceptions each year.
Work across the district, includes, running Speakeasy training for parents and carers about how to talk to their children about sex and relationships, and pharmacists across the district offering free emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) for young people aged under 19.
In 1999, the Government launched a 10 year national teenage pregnancy prevention strategy in England, to halve under-18 conception rates. This has been achieved both nationally and locally.
The Government plans to make relationships and sex education in secondary schools and relationships education in primary schools compulsory with roll-out due from September 2019.
Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Health and Wellbeing said
“This is great news for the organisations across the district who continue to work hard to support our young people.
“Teachers, health practitioners, youth workers, carers and parents have all taken the responsibility to ensure our teenagers get the right support and advice.
“Teenage pregnancies can have a profound impact on the life chances of young people, and the committed work across the district is one way we can improve the aspirations of young people and ensure future generations are informed to make the right choices for themselves.”
Ralph Saunders, Head of Public Health for Bradford Council said:
“A strong committed partnership approach in Bradford to inform and support teenagers across the district has helped us to achieve the second lowest rate in West Yorkshire.
“It is important that everyone takes responsibility to make sure that young people have the confidence to have open and upfront discussions about their relationships and sexual health, and are informed to make the right choices, and to ask for help and advice when they need it.”
Continued Reduction In Teenage Pregnancy Rates Across The Bradford District, 6th June 2018, 15:00 PM