PERFORMANCE: Targeted initiatives have helped reduce the rate of under 18s becoming pregnant by more than a quarter in Brighton, according to the local council.

Teenage pregnancy rates in Brighton and Hove have fallen since 1998 by 26.5 per cent to 36.9 per 1,000.

The council said the figures follow an “overhaul” last May of how the city works to prevent unplanned pregnancy and improve sexual health.

New services were launched to “engage more effectively” with young people including tailored opening hours for young people, increased confidentiality, straight-talking literature and swift online referrals to specialist services.

Services highlighted as contributing to the drop in pregnancies include:

  • Morley Street Contraception and Sexual Health Service, run by South Downs Health NHS Trust, has changed services to suit under 18s. An appointment based system now operates with a drop-in each weekday between 2pm and 7pm and Saturday mornings from 10am and 12pm
  • To identify those at risk earlier, screening and support has been introduced for looked after children and young people in hostels or entering mental health or substance misuse support services
  • The council also runs specialist accommodation for young parents with life coaches, health visitors and early years support

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