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Children in Care: Teenage Pregnancy

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many looked after girls under the age of (a) 16 and (b) 18 years gave birth in 2007; (179404)

(2) how many mothers aged 16 to 19 years were not in education, employment or training in the most recent period for which figures are available.

There were 360 children looked after aged 12 to 18 years and over who were mothers at 31 March 2007. Of these:

(a) 20 gave birth to their first child aged under 16 years

(b) 60 gave birth to their first child aged under 18 years

However 130 mothers looked after at 31 March did not report the date of birth of their first child and some could have been born in 2007. Note that figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

The proportion of young mothers aged 16 to 19 years who are in education, employment or training (EET) is very low compared with 16 to 19 years old as a whole. The Teenage Pregnancy Strategy consequently includes a target to increase the proportion in EET to 60 per cent. by 2010. 23 per cent. of teenage mothers were in EET for the period 1997-99. This rose to 32 per cent. for the period 2005-07.