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Teen pregnancy targets 'missed'

3rd January 2008

The government is set to step up its drive to cut teenage pregnancies after a report suggested it would miss targets to halve them by the end of the decade.


The rate of pregnancy among under-18s in the UK is at its lowest for 20 years but the total number is up because of a rising teenage population.

And the figures are still the highest in Western Europe, standing at that of Germany, three times as high as in France and six times as high as in the Netherlands.

The Department of Health said teenage pregnancy rates had been cut by just 11.4% since 1998 in England, prompting ministers to redouble their efforts to hit targets.

The Family Education Trust charity said the findings showed the government’s strategy on teenage pregnancy was failing and that the government had allowed the “systematic removal of every restraint that used to act as a disincentive to under-age sex.?

But Viv Crouch, a former advisor to the government on the issue, said better sex education in schools was needed.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families, which is jointly responsible for the target with the Department of Health said in a statement: “We made a commitment to reduce the teenage conception rates and to improve the quality of life for all young people, and we are already delivering on that.

“However, we make no apology for setting stretching targets and will be redoubling our efforts to continue to reduce the rate of teenage pregnancy by 2010.?


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