Early Intervention Lewisham announced this week that rates of teenage pregnancy in the borough have gone down 30% since 1998. This means Lewisham is now the 16th highest area of teenage pregnancy in the UK rather than 3rd as it was back in 2008.
The study by the Office of National Statistics found that 70 out of every 1,000 15 to 17-year-olds in the borough got pregnant between January 2005 and December 2007.
It seems Lewisham’s revised teenage pregnancy strategy, implemented last year is paying off.
As part of their prevention programme, Lewisham work on education with young people in schools, colleges and community settings. Their website KisP (Knowledge is Power) aims to empower young people to make informed decisions and important lifestyle choices regarding relationships, contraception, sexual health and pregnancy.
So are teenagers finally getting a clue by protecting themselves and realising that they can dream bigger?
Ambitions shouldn’t be limited to making babies to get a council flat or marrying some footballer.