Blackpool along with all other local authority areas has a target to reduce under 18 teenage conception rates. Blackpool’s current rate is 66 per 1000, meaning that out of 1000 girls aged 15-1, 66 get pregnant.
The Government have set Blackpool a target to get this down to 29.1 per 1000 by the year 2010.
In order to achieve this, the Children’s Trust has prioritised Teenage Pregnancy and produced a Strategy as part of its Children’s Plan.
The Strategy concentrates on five main areas:
The Strategy is also committed to supporting teenage parents.
- Improved sexual health services for young people.
- Effective sex and relationship education.
- Training for professionals, parents and carers to enable discussion around sex and relationship issues with young people.
- Providing a strong youth service with a clear remit for working with young people around health issues.
- Identifying and targeting work to young people at risk of teenage pregnancy.
All young people are at risk of becoming pregnant if they have unprotected sex.
89.9% of pregnancies to teenage mothers were unplanned. Facing pregnancy as a teenager can be a terrifying experience. Once pregnant all choices are much more difficult and all will have a challenging impact on the young person.
Young people need to be encouraged to make the right choice at the beginning: of only having sex when they feel ready and always using a condom.
If you are a parent or a young person and need help or advice about teenage pregnancy or sex and relationships then please contact the team.
The following websites can provide help and advice:
R U thinking about it?
Like it is - aimed at teenagers
Parent Line Plus
Marie Stopes - birth control advice etc
Family Planning Advice
bpas - Abortion Care