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.’