After the introduction of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy in 1999, it seems teen pregnancy numbers have dropped substantially.


In certain parts of England teen conception fell by 50% which means the UK’s under-18 pregnancy conception is at its lowest since the seventies.


The scheme included providing high-quality sex and relationships education, youth-friendly contraceptive services, support for young parents and co-ordinated action across the country.


The peak of teen pregnancy happened in 1998 which forced government to take action.


Saying sex education had a big part to play, Professor Adam Balen had this to say to ITV News of the falling statistics:


“We welcome this positive news that the rates of teenage pregnancy have halved since 1999, particularly in areas with the highest deprivation.


“It is particularly promising that the sustained efforts on access to education and reliable contraception have been key to this achievement.


“Sex and relationships education plays a vital role in providing young people with skills and information to negotiate relationships, protect their sexual health and prevent unplanned pregnancy.”


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