Teenage pregnancies in Hackney continue to fall

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Interactive map by Nassos Stylianou. Click on each borough to compare with rates for Inner London and England

Far fewer teens are falling pregnant in Hackney as the rate of under-18 pregnancies has dropped by almost 50% since 1998, the third biggest decrease of any London borough.

In comparison, between 1998 and 2012 the rate of teenage girls falling pregnant in Inner London fell by 38 per cent, a significantly higher improvement than England’s 18 per cent average.

There were 118 under-18 pregnancies during 2012 in Hackney, combined with City of London, down from 128 the year before, according to figures published by Public Health England.

The percentage of teenage pregnancies that led to abortions also decreased from 65 per cent to 56 per cent in 2012.

In 1998, Tony Blair’s Labour government set the ambitious goal of halving the rate of girls aged between 15 and 17 by 2010. The rate for 2012 was a 41 per cent reduction from 1998.

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GIF showing how the rate of girls below the age of 18 falling pregnant has changed across London since 1998, with no borough showing a rate above 42 conceptions per 1000, a stark contrast to 15 years ago.

Academic papers cited by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) report that a shift in aspirations of young women towards education and the stigma associated with teenage motherhood as having contributed to the drop. Other reasons for the decline in the numbers of teenagers falling pregnant can be attributed to programmes like sex and relationships education, improved access to contraceptives and contraceptive publicity, according to the ONS.

Over the last year, more than 80,000 free condoms have been provided to under-25s in Hackney under the London-wide Come Correct condom distribution scheme.

Councillor Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, said: “Hackney’s young people are taking responsibility for their own sexual health and more and more of them are making sensible choices about contraception.

“These figures are a credit to the work of the many health and education professionals, volunteers and partners in our borough who are working together to provide first rate information and services to help young people get the support they need.”

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  1. […] When it came to teenage pregnancy across London over a 15-year period, Sophie Murray Morris found that while the rate of under-18 pregnancies has fallen by 38 per cent in the capital from 1998, the third biggest decrease of any London borough was in Hackney, with a decrease of almost 50%. This was the resulting story. […]

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