Teenage Pregnancy in Hertfordshire
28 November 2018
YC Hertfordshire, Hertfordshire County Council’s youth service, has welcomed recent statistics which show that the rate of teenage pregnancy is in decline in the county.
The Service works with other agencies across Hertfordshire to offer young people support and guidance on sexual health, and the figures released by the Office of National Statistics shows that Hertfordshire’s 2017 teenage pregnancy quarterly numbers and rates for U18 conceptions have decreased.
The county is on course to have a lower rate at the end of this year compared to last year (which was its lowest recorded at 14.4 per 1,000). The current rate is 11.4 per 1,000 compared to 14.5 the same time last year. The rate is 17.9 nationally.
Deputy Leader of Hertfordshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People & Families, County Councillor Teresa Heritage said: “The latest statistics are positive for Hertfordshire and our services are dedicated to providing free and confidential advice so that our young people can stay safe and healthy and make informed choices about their futures.”
YC Hertfordshire Access Points provide free and confidential sexual health services including:
•Free condoms through the Condom Wallet Scheme
•Free chlamydia testing
•Free pregnancy testing