General Article Good progress but more to do

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An extract from Public Health England report on Teenage pregnancy and young parents.

Introduction

In many ways, the focus on teenage pregnancy seen in England during the last 15 years or so has been one of the success stories in the public health field.

The conception rate for young women aged 15 to 17 has been halved since 1998 and is now the lowest it has been since recordkeeping began in the late 1960s.

But that doesn’t mean the problem has been solved. Far from it. The conception rate still remains higher than a number of other western European countries and the progress made has been uneven across England.

About a third of local authorities have a rate significantly higher than the England average and even in those areas that have low rates, inequalities exist between wards.

These variations matter. Teenage pregnancy is both a cause and consequence of health and education inequalities.

Young parents want to do the best

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