TEENAGE pregnancy rates have dropped significantly across St Helens, according to the latest statistics.
Figures released last week by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that conception rates in under 18s across the borough dropped from 57.4 per 1,000 in 2008 to just 45.0 the following year.
In Knowsley, the rate also dropped - but far less dramatically.
The under 18s pregnancy rate dropped from 43.4 to 41.9 in the area in the same period.
This did, however, make Knowsley’s teen conception rate drop below the regional 42.4 average.
Since the teenage pregnancy strategy began in 1998, there has been a 23.6 per cent reduction in teen conceptions in Knowsley, compared with a national reduction of 18.1 per cent.
Sue Drew, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said: “These results are great news for the young people of Knowsley and I’m delighted that we are continuing to improve on the high standard achieved last year.
“In Knowsley we’re committed to working with young people and educating them about their options and today’s results are testament to our effective partnership working. NHS Knowsley,
“Knowsley Council and other partner agencies work together to target young people with advice and services, prioritising those most in need of our help.
“Programmes in Knowsley such as Teenage Health in Knowsley (THinK) are tailored toward the needs of our young people, helping to ensure that advice is available for them in the community.
“Staff are trained to deliver important messages on relationships, delaying sexual activity and general sexual health in a manner which is young people friendly.”
THinK uses local young people to give peers sexual health advice, contraception and general health support.
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