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Huge success for Bracknell Forest in teenage pregnancy reduction

Bracknell Forest Council’s ongoing work to reduce teenage pregnancy rates has been such a success, the council now has the second lowest rate of teenage pregnancy in the country.

After national funding finished in 2008, Bracknell Forest agreed to match fund the work so it could continue, meaning the council saw a huge 83% reduction in teenage pregnancy rates between 1998 and 2015.

The approach used in Bracknell includes specially trained staff running clinics in schools to provide better access to services, and education around services available to young people.

Nikki Edwards, director for children, young people and learning said:

“We’re delighted the hard work being done here in Bracknell is having such a positive effect on teenage pregnancy rates in the borough.

“Continuing to fund this vital work means we can ensure our young people have better opportunities, and are able to make informed choices about their own futures.”

Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning said:

“We’re very proud of the level of support available in Bracknell. By investing in these services, young people in our borough can make positive choices that are right for them.”

The current conception rate for under 18’s in Bracknell is at 7.4 per 1,000 compared to 45.5 per 1,000 in 1998.

For more information on the work being done in Bracknell, visit the youth support pages on our website.