CAMBS: Teenage pregnancies on the fall in Cambridgeshire

14:44 10 March 2014

The number of Cambridgeshire teenagers – under 18s – getting pregnant is falling, according to a national report by Public Health England.

In 2012, the latest figures available, 181 teenager pregnancies were reported – a rate of 17 per 1.000 people. The previous year the rate was 22 per 1,000 people – 238 pregnancies.

Cambridgeshire’s rate is the lowest in the region compared with other county council areas,

During the same period in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, there were 118 abortions involving under 18s.

Cambridgeshire County Council said there are a range of initiatives aimed at tackling teenage pregnancy such as support to understand the implications of pregnancy, services to help them avoid becoming pregnancy and helping young parents to care for their children.

Val Thomas, consultant in public health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “Teenage pregnancy and parenthood involves complex factors including poverty, low educational attainment, mental health and aspiration. We will be continuing to work with a range of partners to ensure we target the most vulnerable in our communities to ensure that this improvement is maintained.”

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