County sees fall in teenage pregnancy

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Teenage pregnancy rates in Northumberland have been slashed by a third, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The conception rate for under 18s in the county between 1998 and 2012 has dropped 32% to 28.4 per 1,000 conceptions, which is lower than the national average. Northumberland’s figures for 2012 also show a 12.6% reduction from the previous year.

Karen Herne, public health service manager from Northumberland County Council which commissions community sexual health services, said: “We are delighted that the proactive work to improve access to services and preventative work provided within schools and young people settings is helping tackle unplanned teenage pregnancy.”

The council has been working with Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on a joint strategy to reduce teenage conceptions since 1998.

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