Fewer teenagers getting pregnant in Cambs

PUBLISHED: 13:25 23 August 2006 | UPDATED: 22:07 28 May 2010

FEWER teenage girls in Cambridgeshire are getting pregnant following a campaign to educate and raise the aspirations of youngsters in deprived areas.

Figures released today reveal the conception rate among under-18s dropped to well below the national ave

FEWER teenage girls in Cambridgeshire are getting pregnant following a campaign to educate and raise the aspirations of youngsters in deprived areas.

Figures released today reveal the conception rate among under-18s dropped to well below the national average.

In 2004 - the latest year for which figures are available - there were an average of 41.5 pregnancies per 1000 under 18-year-olds in England.

In Cambridgeshire the figure was just 25.6 per 1000.

This represents a national reduction of 11.1pc over the first five years of the government's 10-year Teenage Pregnancy Strategy - but a drop of 18.6pc in Cambridgeshire.

It was one of the few areas in the country to meet the government target of a fall of 15pc or more by 2004.

Cambridgeshire's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy has worked to reduce the figures with professionals from health, education and social care working alongside the voluntary sector, parents and the young people themselves.

Shona Johnstone, cabinet member for children and young people's services, said: "These figures are very good news. They reflect the changes in sexual behaviour we have been working so hard to achieve. "We have been targeting areas of deprivation, where teenage conception rates are generally higher, seeking to raise young people's aspirations and educate them about the dangers of sexually-transmitted diseases."The success we are enjoying in Cambridgeshire is a credit to families and teachers, particularly those in the county council's personal, social and health education service, who will continue to work closely with young people to reduce teenage pregnancies even further."

In 2003, the county council employed a schools advisor to try to keep the high number of teenage parents in Fenland in education.

At that time, Fenland was the only district in Cambridgeshire with a teenage conception rate above the national average, with a significant number among school age girls in deprived areas of Wisbech.

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