GIRL,13, PREGNANT BY BOY AGED 14
A GIRL of 13 is expecting a baby with a 14-year-old boy.
The two are due to become parents in November after a “brief sexual relationship”.
Officials in Poole, Dorset, say they are offering “appropriate support” to the families concerned.
Anne Newton, strategic director for Poole’s children’s services, said: “Teenage pregnancy is not a common occurrence and the council works closely with other partners to address the issue.”
The council says Poole has a small number of under-18 pregnancies, fewer than 100 a year.
Poole hit the headlines in 1997 when one of the UK’s youngest mums, Jenny Teague, gave birth at the age of 12.
Nationally, 34.7 per 1,000 women under 18 are getting pregnant, the lowest since quarterly data collection began.
Straight Talking, the national teenage pregnancy charity, works in schools and has a programme aimed at 13-16 year-olds.
A spokesman for the charity said: “We are very pro-choice as an organisation and some feel that’s what they want to do and go on to be mothers.
“The help and support should be there.
“They should have their families around them. We know that babies born to young mothers are more likely to live in poverty and have all sorts of issues growing up. But it does happen.”
Earlier this year it was reported that the teenage pregnancy rate in England and Wales was the lowest since 1969.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed conceptions in under 18s fell to 34,633 in 2010 compared with 38,259 in 2009, a drop of 9.5 per cent.