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Teenage Pregnancies Down in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:00am 9th January 2014.

Fewer teenage girls are getting pregnant in Cornwall.

Just over two in every hundred mums to be in the Duchy are now under 18.

That is down a third since prevention work began and is much lower than the national average.

Magenta from Bude was 16 when she had her little girl and is now part of a special training project.

She said: "Because I was in my last year at school I was more worried about taking my GCSEs, supporting my child with a job and having the qualifications needed to get a job.

"I definitely think there is more support and information in Cornwall. I never had nothing from school. When I joined Young Mums Will Achieve I now have 34 qualifications. I'm really happy about that."

Lex Gainsbury, Cornwall’s Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health Co-ordinator said: "We have incredible partnership and commitment in Cornwall dedicated to ensuring every young person has the skills and knowledge to make positive informed choices about their future as well as the contraceptive and service access to support this.

"It is fantastic that the hard work of so many people across various agencies is being reflected in our results and I hope we continue to build upon this success."

Felicity Owen, Director of Public Health commented: "I am delighted to see these figures which are a tremendous achievement and I would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to make this difference in reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in young people in Cornwall. Unwanted teenage pregnancies can have harsh effects for the young parents and their babies who statistically have poorer health and development."

Andrew Wallis, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: "These excellent results show how targeted work with the right advice and information does have a positive impact on our young people."

The Government’s teenage pregnancy unit has identified four key areas for effective practice in reducing teenage conceptions and improving outcomes for the children of teenage parents.

1.  These areas Giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to experience positive relationships and good sexual health;

2.  Improving young people’s access to and use of effective contraception when they need it;

3. Intervening early with those most at risk;

4.  Improving outcomes for teenage parents.

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