Leeds & West Yorkshire

Bradford halves teenage pregnancy rates

The number of teenage girls falling pregnant has halved in Bradford.

Bradford council said the rate of conceptions per 1,000 15 to 17-year-olds had fallen from 57.2 in 1998 to 28.4 in 2011.

The council said the reduction in teen pregnancies was down to improved education and working with young people and their parents.

A 10-year objective to halve teenage pregnancies in England and Wales was set by the government in 1999.

Bradford is the only local authority in West Yorkshire to meet the national objective.

Ralph Saunders, head of public health at the council, said: "It's not just a case of educating teenagers about the effects of getting pregnant at a young age.

"Everybody needs to get involved - whether they are parents, teachers, health workers or carers - so that young people can have the confidence to have open and upfront discussions and make the right choices."

Some of the schemes in operation in Bradford include the development of sexual health clinics for young people, improved relationship and sex education in schools, classes for parents on how to discuss sex with children and free emergency hormonal contraception available at pharmacists across the area.

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