By Ellie Ross
Teenage pregnancies in Lambeth have significantly fallen since 1998, a new study has found.
There number of under-18s from the borough falling pregnant has dropped steadily over the past 16 years according to a new Public Health England national press release released by the Office for National.
In 1998, 85.3 per 1,000 pregnant women were under 18. That figure decreased to 33.2 by 2012.
London saw the most reductions in teenage pregnancies nationally.
Dr Yvonne Doyle, regional director for PHE London, said: “It is encouraging that both under 18 conceptions and under 16 conceptions are continuing on a downward trend in London.
“Improved access to sexual health services in the capital, along with greater access to contraception, has been crucial to the reduction in teenage pregnancy.
“Sex and relationship education both in school and out of school is vital and will be key to London ensuring that this downward trend is maintained.
“PHE will be working with local authorities and the NHS in London to help them make further progress.”