In most Western European countries, the rate of unintended pregnancies among adolescents has steadily declined in recent years. However, the adolescent pregnancy rate in the United Kingdom was the highest in the region, and the UK Government resolved to address this.
England and Wales experienced a 56 per cent reduction in the under-18 birth rate between 1998 and 2013 (Office for National Statistics, 2015). This success is attributed to the National Teenage Pregnancy Strategy, which aimed to promote more widespread contraceptive use by expanding the provision of high-quality sexuality education, easier access to services and improved training for health-care providers to meet young people’s needs.
Source: UK Teenage Pregnancy Independent Advisory Group final report, 2010 and personal communication (Roger Ingham, University of Southampton, 11 June 2015).