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Evidence of what works

Background papers: children :: Teenage pregnancy :: Evidence of what works

A strong evidence base exists to demonstrate that the biggest factors that impact on teenage pregnancy are:

• Comprehensive information, advice and support from parents, schools and other professionals alongside
• Accessible, young people friendly sexual and reproductive health services, combined with accessible, young people–friendly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.[1]

There is also a continued policy focus on reducing teenage conceptions. The following are priorities and indicators we are working towards locally:

• A Framework for Sexual Health Improvement in England highlights the need to continue to reduce the rate of under-16 and under-18 conceptions and STIs.
• Child Poverty Strategy — Under 18 conception rate a measure of national and local progress
• Raising the Participation Age — Pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. Pupils starting year 11 or below in September 2013 will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday.
• Children's centres — Improving outcomes for young parents and their children is central to their statutory guidance core purpose.
• Public Health Outcomes Framework — Under–18 conception rate and other indicators disproportionately affecting teenage parents and their children.


[1]   Department for Children, Schools and Families. Teenage Pregnancy: Beyond 2010 2010; Department for Children, Schools and Families.