Responding to the publication of the annual update on teenage pregnancy statistics in Scotland, Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health & Sport Maree Todd, said:
“I am pleased to see that the rates of pregnancy in young people across Scotland have continued to reduce for the thirteenth year in a row.
“The ongoing dedication and support of community, health and education services means that rates are at their lowest levels since reporting began in 1994.
“In March 2016, The Scottish Government published our ‘Pregnancy and Parenthood in Young People Strategy’ that addresses the fundamental causes of pregnancy in young people.
“It highlights the key factors for supporting young people who are vulnerable to pregnancy including education and attainment, training and employment, and the importance of positive relationships.
“Through the delivery of the Strategy, we are working to ensure that young parents have the support they need, to help them to reach their full potential and better lives for themselves and for their children.
“We are continuing to provide support to young, first time mothers aged 19 and under through the Family Nurse Partnership programme.
“The programme aims to improve pregnancy and birth experience, child health and development and the economic stability of the family.
“Over 10,000 young mothers have benefitted from FNP since it began, and over 6,000 have graduated.
“The programme reaches those most likely to be of the greatest need, with over 70% of those taking part living in more deprived areas.”