Teenager pregnancies in Derbyshire at lowest level for eight years

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Work to reduce teenage pregnancies in Derbyshire has seen conception numbers fall to their lowest level in eight years.

Latest figures show that the number of 15-17 year olds getting pregnant during 2010 was 441.

It was a reduction of 5.7 per cent on the previous year when there were 477 pregnancies in the age group and the lowest since 2002.

The number of girls in the age group becoming pregnant during 2010 was 31.4 per 1,000. This was significantly better than the national rate of 35.4 per 1,000 and the East Midlands rate of 34.5 per 1,000.

Counc Barry Lewis, Derbyshire County Council cabinet member for young people, said: “I’m very pleased that the number of teenage pregnancies in Derbyshire has fallen.

“We’re working hard with our partners to improve teenagers’ access to important sexual health services and high quality sex and relationship education.

“We want young people to have support and advice in sexual health matters so they can make informed choices.”

A variety of work is being done by partners across the county to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies. This includes:

Health and relationships education through schools

Drop-ins offered with school nurses

C-cards being made available to teenagers who have had a discussion with their school nurse, youth worker, or other trained professional, about the use of condoms. The card means the young person can access free condoms.

Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CASH) to provide free and confidential contraception and sexual health advice service.

Coun Lewis added: “Research shows there are negative long-term effects for teen parents and their children, as they tend to be poorer, less healthy and less happy throughout their lives.”

The number of teenage pregnancies in Derbyshire dropped by almost 25 per cent between 1998 and 2010 – in line with the national reduction of 24 per cent during that time.