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Teenage pregnancy rates continue to fall in Bradford district

The rate of pregnancy amongst teenagers across the Bradford district has fallen again according the latest three year averages released by the government.

Bradford has the lowest rate for conceptions amongst under-18s in West Yorkshire according to The Office for National Statistics.

There was an average of 28.9 conceptions per 1,000 girls aged under-18 between 20011-2013 compared to 31.1 in 2010-12 and 34.7 in 2009-11.

Teenage-Pregnancy (2)Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Coun Ralph Berry, said:

“The latest fall in the rate of teenage pregnancies is the result of hard work by teachers, health workers, carers and parents in Bradford to tackle this issue.

“We cannot be complacent and must continue to work hard to reduce this figure further and improve the life chances of teenagers and any children they may have.

“One way we can reduce teenage pregnancy rates further is to improve the level of education attainment in the district and raise the aspirations of the next generation.”

Ralph Saunders, Head of Public Health for Bradford Council, said:

Relationships and Sex Education for teenagers is a long term strategy. Work done to educate 13 and 14 year olds now won’t impact on them until they become sexually active may be three, four or more years later.”

“It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure young people also need the confidence to have open and upfront discussions so they make the right choices and to help them feel comfortable to ask for help and information.”

A partnership approach, involving Bradford’s children’s services, public health, the NHS and third sector organisations, has helped reduced the number of conceptions over the last twelve years.

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