Teenage pregnancy figures for under 18’s across Leicestershire are down for the tenth consecutive year.
Latest figures show the annual rate in 2017 has decreased to 12.3 per 1,000 females aged 15-17 years. This is a 12.9 per cent decrease since the 2016 figures were released.
The new figures also show that there has been a reduction of just over two-thirds in Leicestershire since 1998 - from 408 conceptions to 135 conceptions in 2017. Across the county the teenage pregnancy rate has remained significantly lower than the East Midland’s and England’s annual rate.
Five districts in Leicestershire witnessed a decrease compared to the previous year, with Oadby and Wigston seeing the greatest improvement.
The latest data shows out of all the districts, North West Leicestershire has the highest conception rate at 17.5 per 1,000 females aged 15-17 years and Melton the lowest at 4.7 per 1,000 females aged 15-17 years.
We’re delighted that once again there’s been a decline in teenage pregnancy and shows that our approach, and that of our partners, is working. Our aim is to see a continued progress in the future.Person:Mike Sandys, director of public health
Work over the past year has included:
- Commissioning a modern and integrated sexual health service by moving the city centre service to the Haymarket shopping centre;
- ‘Speakeasy’ training for foster carers;
- Further roll out of the C-Card condom distribution scheme;
- The roll out of free, high-quality school training on relationship and sex education; and
- The provision of support for teenage parents through children’s centres, meeting groups for teenage parents and delivery of the baby box.