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Teenage pregnancies reach all time low

Published Monday, 02 March 2015

Teenage pregnancy rates in Enfield have fallen to an all-time low, new figures show.

Latest statistics from the Office of National Statistics show the teenage pregnancy rate in Enfield fell to 23 per 1,000 live births in 2013. This is the lowest rate since 2006 when the council’s teenage pregnancy unit was first established and rates were 55.4 per 1,000. Enfield has seen a 58.5% reduction since 2006.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection, said, “This good news reflects the hard work of our teenage pregnancy team.

“Our approach ensures that young people receive sex and relationship education; advice about contraception; and access to a confidential texting service if they have any concerns.

“We have also invested in short courses for young people to improve their own self-esteem and learn about the demands made by young children. They experience looking after them in nursery settings to see how they develop and learn how hard it is to care for a small child. It is an incredibly effective way of showing teenagers what an enormous challenge raising a child can be.

“Through these sessions teenagers can see how their lives can be disrupted by early pregnancies and it has been a great success.”

One 14-year-old girl who attended the course said: “I have really enjoyed it and I have learned so much. It has shown me I have choices and waiting to have children is a positive thing.”

To find out more contact: The Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Unit here

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