The Government believes that England’s teenage pregnancy rate is too high, which is why the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy was launched in 1999. Since then there has been steady progress to the point where England have the lowest under-18 conception rate for over 20 years.
This document sets out how the Government wants to build on the key planks of the existing Strategy so that all young people receive the information, advice and support they need – from parents, teachers and other professionals – to deal with pressure to have sex; enjoy positive and caring relationships; and experience good sexual health.
The reason for issuing it now is because – in delivery terms – the first phase of the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy was based on a target that related to 2010. This, therefore, is the final year during which local areas can take action that will influence the achievement of that target.
This document outlines the Government's determination to continue to work towards the original ambition – to halve the rate of teenage pregnancy that existed in 1998 when the first phase of the Strategy was launched.