Ealing Teenage Pregnancy Figures Fall

Second year running for welcome trend

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Ealing’s teenage girls are less likely to fall pregnant, according to government statistics.


The borough’s teenage pregnancy rate fell for the second year in a row in 2007 to 36.3 conceptions for every 1000 Ealing girls aged 15-17 years.


This makes Ealing the holder of the second lowest teenage conception rate in North West London, after Harrow. Its reduction of 18 per cent since 1998 is the fifth best reduction among the 19 outer London boroughs.


A total of 186 teenage girls became pregnant in 2005, compared to 193 in 2004 and 203 in 2003. Of the 186 conceptions in 2005, almost 59 per cent resulted in abortion.


Councillor Ian Gibb, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: "Ealing's teenage pregnancy rates are below the national average and we've seen a steady reduction in recent years thanks to coordinated efforts to support parents, build sex and relationship education and help young people to resist peer pressure to have sex.”


March 7, 2007