Drop in Norfolk teen pregnancy

NEW figures show teenage conception rates in the county have dropped to their lowest level in at least nine years.Norfolk's teenage pregnancy levels fell by 15.

NEW figures show teenage conception rates in the county have dropped to their lowest level in at least nine years.

Norfolk's teenage pregnancy levels fell by 15.2pc between 2007 and 2008- the lowest figure since the national teenage pregnancy strategy was launched in 1999.

The figures means nearly 100 fewer young women in Norfolk became pregnant in 2008 than in the previous year .

Health services in the area developed a teenage pregnancy strategy aimed at targeting specific groups of young people and increasing and improving sex and relationships education and access to health services in schools in priority areas.

Norfolk already had a lower rate of teenage pregnancy than the national average but rates had been increasing.

Dr Alistair Lipp, Director of Public Health for NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “The statistics are encouraging, particularly in Great Yarmouth where there is historically a high number of teenage pregnancies- It shows that young people are taking a more informed and responsible approach to sexual health.”