The life chances of teenage parents and their children are worse than those of older parents and their children. Teenage mothers are likely to experience a poorer standard of living and poorer physical and mental health.
The infant mortality rate for babies of teenage mothers is 60% higher than for older mothers, whilst around half of teenage conceptions end in abortion suggesting that they are unplanned.
The children of teenage mothers are also likely to do less well in educational terms, are more likely to become economically inactive and more likely to become teenage mothers themselves.
It is important to understand teenage mothers are more likely to be from a lower socioeconomic background and therefore some of the negative outcomes attributed to their becoming a parent at a young age would have occurred anyway and highlights the complexity of teenage pregnancy. Additionally, some teenage pregnancies may be planned, particularly within established relationships, and may not always be a cause for concern.
Overall, teenage pregnancies have continued to fall in Lancashire-12, although there are some small year on year differences between districts.
Reducing rates of teenage pregnancy and improving outcomes for young parents and their children remains an important priority for policy makers and commissioners across Lancashire.
On an annual basis the number of conceptions in girls aged 13-15 years is small, so data is pooled for three years to provide a more accurate figure. The following analysis is based on 2013-15 data.
The under-18 conception rate is one of the teenage pregnancy indicators in the Public Health England Sexual and Reproductive Health profiles.
The following analysis is based on 2015 data:
Under-16 conception data for Lancashire-12 (2013-15) (XLSX 15 KB)
Under-18 conception data for Lancashire-14 (2015) (XLSX 1.4 MB)
Page updated July 2017