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Teenage pregnancies in Newham continue to drop

PUBLISHED: 16:11 25 February 2014 | UPDATED: 16:11 25 February 2014

The number of teenage pregnancies in Newham has fallen by more than 50 per cent since 1998, according to the latest statistics.

Data released by the Office of National Statistics shows the conception rate of under 18s was 24.1 per 1,000 women in 2012, compared to 59.9 per 1,000 in 1998.

The borough’s steady decline of teenage pregnancies mirrors the trend across London and the rest of the country, which has an average conception rate of 27.7 pregnancies per 1,000 women.

Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director for PHE London, described the figures as “encouraging”.

“Improved access to sexual health services in the capital, along with greater access to contraception, has been crucial to the reduction in teenage pregnancy,” she said.

“Sex and relationship education both in school and out of school is vital and will be key to London ensuring that this downward trend is maintained. PHE will be working with local authorities and the NHS in London to help them make further progress.”

SHINE, a free and confidential NHS service, offers young people in Newham advice and options on sexual health. The service can be accessed by calling 020 8586 8888 or texting 0762 480 224.

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