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Good progress but more to do: teenage pregnancy and young parents

published by LGA and PHE

3 February 2016

It is over 15 years since the then government launched its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in response to England having one of the highest teenage pregnancy rates in Western Europe. Since then the under-18 conception rate has halved thanks to the hard work of councils and their partners.

This has undoubtedly had a huge contribution to the health, wellbeing and life chances of young people. But there is more to do. We must sustain this downward trend, accelerate improvements in areas with high rates and narrow the inequalities we see between wards.

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