Teenage pregnancy rates in Plymouth halved

Plymouth City Council continues to work hard with partners in health, education and the voluntary sector to tackle teenage pregnancy rates in the city.

Latest figures for 2014 published by ONS showed that rates have almost halved since records began in 1998. The rate fell from 54.7 per 1,000 population in 1998 to 29.6 per 1,000 in 2014, a drop of 46 per cent.

This means that while there were 159 children born in Plymouth to teenage mums in 1998, in 2014 there were 60. The Council continues to prioritise tackling teenage pregnancy.

Professor Kelechi Nnoaham, Director of Public Health for Plymouth City Council, said: “We were delighted that rates had almost halved since records began in 1998 and we will continue to work hard with our partners in the health service, schools, and voluntary sector to tackle this issue.

“The big reduction in teenage pregnancy rates since 1998 reflects the work that has taken place so far including better sex education for young people, more convenient and tailored services in the community and higher aspirations of young girls.

“Services are working hard to ensure that young people can access information, advice and support that helps them make informed decisions around their sexual health, and in doing so, reduce unplanned pregnancy.

“It is important that we continue to use early intervention and prevention wherever possible to make sure young people look after their bodies and health.”

Key local services which aim to prevent teenage pregnancy include

Community Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CCASH)4U+ Service (Livewell Southwest, formerly Plymouth Community Healthcare)

This service provides contraception, accurate information, reversible long acting contraception and emergency hormonal contraception. The service also offers pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening and information about terminations. The aim is to reduce number of under 18 conceptions and reduce risk taking behaviour among young people.

Contact: Cumberland Centre, Devonport, Plymouth, call 01752 434432  for more information

Sexual Health Service (the Zone)

The aim of this service is to reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections, reduce under 18 conception rates, increase chlamydia screening and diagnosis.

Contact: 14-16 Union Street, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SR, 01752 206626.

Prevention (Eddystone Trust)
This service also aims to reduce conceptions and provides the C-Card scheme throughout a wide range of youth services in the city offering free condoms and advice to young people. There is also a Safe Badge Quality Assurance Scheme to ensure youth services work to agreed standards when dealing with young people’s sexual health needs.

Contact: 2nd Floor Suite, 11 Whimple Street, Plymouth, PL1 2DH. 01752 254406.