Figures show teenage pregnancy rates in Portsmouth at lowest

Rates of teenage pregnancy in Portsmouth are at an all-time low
Rates of teenage pregnancy in Portsmouth are at an all-time low

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RATES of teenage pregnancy in Portsmouth are at an all-time low.

The latest provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics show the under-18 teenage pregnancy rates for January to March 2014, is 16.2 per 1,000.

This relates to females aged 15 to 17 years.

It’s a massive drop compared to five years ago when the rate was 65.5 per 1,000.

The city’s rate is also lower than Southampton – 38.4 – and England – 23.9.

Initiatives from Portsmouth City Council’s public health team to help reduce the rate include the Sorted programme, which works closely with 13 to 16-year-olds in secondary schools.

Kelly Huggett, programme coordinator, said: ‘We have worked with more than 400 young people, who have been referred into the programme to equip them with the skills and confidence to address risk-taking behaviours.

‘We’re thrilled to see teenage pregnancy rates are continuing to reduce in the city.’