Teenage pregnancies

The Department for Education have released data on teenage pregnancies.

The graph puts Lewisham in context with it’s statistical neighbours.

If you take a look at the data you’ll see that Lewisham is unlikely to meet the target of reducing conceptions to 36 per 1,000 young women in this year.

But of course the change of government means that those targets have been swept away as unhelpful bureaucratic centralism.

The question that I guess local policy makers will have to grapple with is whether this sort of thing and the consequences of these pregnancies – 57% were aborted in 2008 – are something they continue to see as an important issue in our community, and therefore worthy of public sector activity.

Just to note:

About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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1 Response to Teenage pregnancies

  1. citizenr says:

    Reducing teenage pregnancy is a very complex issue and the TPU has worked really hard to reduce TPs over the last ten years. One of the most important factors in reducing TP is effective Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)- note the relationships aspect- but as you note, compulsory PSHE and SRE in schools failed at Wash Up before the new administration came along. More worryingly, TP coordinators are being made redundant all over London and the National Healthy Schools Programme, which has a focus on all aspects of children’s health has had its funding stopped and will now become ‘school led’ with no local auhtority/ pct support. If we are to reduce TPs, halt the rise in childhood obesity, help young people learn the health risks of drugs, alcohol and tobacco and keep themsleves safe from bullying (including sexual bullying which is on the rise) then this is very worrying for the future of our young people.

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