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:
- the government in their bonfire of the quangos are abolishing the Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy,
- as part of the ’emergency’ budget decided not to go ahead with reforms to PSHE education (which is how many schools deliver sex and relationships education), and
- will be legislating to withdraw the duty of schools to cooperate with Children’s Trusts (see page 28).