Lewisham teen pregnancy rate drops

The number of pregnancies for 15-17 year-old girls in Lewisham fell from 72 conceptions per 1,000 (2003-05) to 69.2 per 1,000 (2006-08).

According to the Guardian's data blog, which takes its figures from the Office of National Statistics, the borough is still ranked third in London, after Lambeth and Southwark.

The figures are broadly in line with the nationwide trend, but the drop falls short of the rate of decline needed to achieve the government's national target of halving the teenage pregnancy rate by 2010.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ah .2 of a pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

yes...or 1 per 5000. Maths not a strong point?

Perspective said...

That amounts to one of Brockley's residents using a hessian condom, once.

Hugh said...

So between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20 local teens gets preggars and we buy them a flat and fund benefits?

Monkeyboy said...

....and he's off.....

ppp said...

That attitude is interesting, why do people resent others having kids and being supported in that endeavour, it's a bit misanthropic.

Anonymous said...

I think having kids because you've thought it all through and actually want them is different to kids who were just plain stupid, drunk or bored, who are presumably the ones Hugh is on the verge of a rant about?

Monkeyboy said...

Don't worry, faith schools can now teach that you will burn in the fiery pits of hell if you put out. That should do the trick.......I'll get my coat.

Brockley Nick said...

Another way of putting it in perspective is that the previous rate (72/1000) was deemed a serious problem and the new rate represents a 4% reduction of that serious problem. That is very welcome.

Anonymous said...

what does that mean in the actual numbers or pregnancies per year???
I mean numbers not percentages...

Cherry Darling said...

Do the figures refer to all teen pregnancies or just those that were carried to full-term?

Anonymous said...

Any reduction is of course welcome, but it's still depressing.

ppp - tongue in cheek? Attempt at a wind-up?

Brockley Nick said...

Cherry, the figures are for all conceptions - over half were aborted.

Anon, 905 pregnancies in the most recent period. A drop of 60 or so. When you translate that in to the impact on individual lives, it's a good result.

If I was a politician, I think I'd use the phrase "much accomplished, much still to be done."

ppp said...

Teenage mums or geriatrics on IVF it doesn't bother me. We are in a society you are going to get taxed regardless, people are going to do things you don't like/approve of regardless, for me this kind of thing is v. low on the grand scheme of things. But I am happy to proven that it's otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Far better if our tax is spent on educating people not to get into the mess in the first place. And it really is a mess - almost impossible for a teenage mother to climb out of poverty and go on to make an independent life for herself.

And all those abortions - horrendous. Psychologically damaging, often physically damaging (not to mention what it does to the baby).

Anonymous said...

"Psychologically damaging, often physically damaging"

Really? I have known a couple of people who have had abortions and they have had no ill consequences from it. Both were using contraception at the time. It failed. They had an abortion. They got on with their lives quite happilly. No pyschological damage. No physiological damage.

I think you need to put your histeria back in the box.

Anonymous said...

People don't generally trumpet the quiet misery that abortion brings. Just because you don't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there.

Anonymous said...

Just because you claim to see it, doesn't mean it actually is there.

Anonymous said...

is this argument going anywhere? for some it's a huge thing for some it isn't.

Anonymous said...

"for some it's a huge thing for some it isn't." is a long way from "the quiet misery that abortion brings"

love detective said...

remember recently the tories released figures claiming that over 50% of teenage girls from deprived areas were getting pregnant

dave, the man in touch with everyday life

(the true figures were 5.4% instead of 54%)

Anonymous said...

Pen pusher Gordon will state the government has met its target of halving teenage pregnancies by claiming the girls would have had twins without government intervention?

Anonymous said...

Yet another failure by the government at a cost of £240m.

Anonymous said...

Yep 14 year olds can often be heard saying that "only a change in administration will stop me screwing"

Anonymous said...

Of course it could be the unhealthy lifestyle led by the local yoof rendering them much less attractive and thereby fewer opportunities to get pregnant.

If their diet improved, less drugs and alcohol, a healthier lifestyle with wholesome organic ingredients....

Maybe Jamie Olivers activities in the school kitchen could lead to more unwanted pregnacies.

More social theories than a sociology department.

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