Teenage pregnancy rates in the UK have halved in the past eight years, but are still amongst the highest in Europe. New government guidelines are being released to help councils reduce the rates further.
The rate of teenage pregnancy is at the lowest level since records began in the 1960s. A total of 5,483 of the 632,048 deliveries in England in 2015-16 were to teenage mothers.
Improved access to the right contraceptives, better sex education, more open attitudes to talking about sex, plus teenagers socialising more online are some of the reasons cited for the fall.
But there has been no government guidance on preventing teen pregnancy since 2010, so councils across England asked for a definitive set of guidelines on how to continue the downward trend.
These new guidelines from Public Health England outline what authorities should be doing, with 10 key factors and a checklist so councils can evaluate their current local situation, identifying gaps and actions.
They include better education, training for health professionals, making sure teenagers have access to contraceptives and ways of supporting vulnerable teens who are more likely to have children at a young age.