News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Child Neglect
UK News

Christian pregnancy counsellors welcome teen pregnancy dip

New figures from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine reveal the country's teenage conception rate has fallen to its lowest level since the 1970s.

Published in The Lancet, the statistics suggest the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy introduced by the then-Labour government in 1999 has been having a positive impact.

The CrossWay Pregnancy Crisis Centre in Twickenham, south-west London, has hailed the research as "good news" but expressed concern too many Christian schools are not providing sex and relationships education classes.

Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Centre Director, Karen Pitchford, told Premier it is important even young children are helped to make sensible choices about sex and their bodies.

Speaking about parties where alcohol might be involved as one example, Karen said: "You can't protect your children from these situations. They are going to be out in the world.

"They are going to be having to make these decision, so I think it's important that they get information not just from their parents but from other people.

"A lot of what we do is about self-esteem and helping people not give into peer pressure but to make decisions that they want to make [and] actually looking more at having good relationships.

"[When] we teach maths, we start at the bottom and then work gradually up to more complicated maths. It's the same with sex education, really. It's about age-appropriate information ...people learning about life and how to make good choices."

The findings show the rate of pregnancies among under 18's across England peaked in 1998 and fall at a moderate pace until 2006, before a more steep decline.

Lead-researcher Professor Kaye Wellings said: "As young people globally spend longer in education and settle with a partner later, we're now seeing a near universal trend towards fewer early pregnancies.

"But the more striking decline in under-18 maternities in England compared with other European countries, and its close link with government investment in reducing teenage pregnancy rates, appears to reflect the intensive and sustained efforts of the strategy to address the problem by changing social norms and increasing access to education and reliable contraception."

You can click here to hear Karen Pitchford from the CrossWay Pregnancy Crisis Centre in Twickenham speaking with Premier's Aaron James here.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email