ONS Under-18 Conception Figures Published

On the 28th of February the Office for National Statistics published the under-18 conception figures for 2010.

In 2010 there were 333 under-18 conceptions within Warwickshire; this equates to a rate of 34.8 conceptions per 1,000 females aged 15-17. Approximately 53% of these conceptions ended in abortion. The rate for 2010 shows a decrease of approximately 16% from the 1998 baseline rate of 41.4 conceptions per 1,000 15-17 year old females. The rate of under-18 conceptions in Warwickshire was slightly lower than England’s 35.5 conceptions per 1,000 15-17 year old females; however England has seen a significantly larger decrease in under-18 conception rates than Warwickshire. The percentage decrease from the 1998 baseline rate was nearly 25% for England. 

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough had 119 conceptions which translates as 49.4 conceptions per 1,000 females aged 15-17, the highest in the County.

Stratford-on-Avon District had the lowest figure with 51 under-18 conceptions and a rate of 24. 8. From the 1998 baseline rate of 31.3 under-18 conceptions, this represents a 21% decrease in the rate of teenage conceptions.

Three year aggregate figures for under 16 conceptions show that for the period 2008-2010 there were 175 conceptions which is equal to 6.2 conceptions per 1,000 13-15 year old females; 69.7% of these ended in abortion.

The full data set including conception rates for other age-groups can be accessed here.

2 Responses

  1. The Office for National Statistics has published an interactive tool for visualising the teen conception data. You can see district level data over the past twelve years and compare local figures with national trends. It’s good!

    See http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/HTMLDocs/dvc22/conception.html

  2. Warwickshire’s latest figures on teenage conceptions have been praised by central government – more detail here: http://news.warwickshire.gov.uk/releases/2012/04/02/ministers-praise-for-warwickshire-teenage-pregnancy-results/

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