Issues of concern & current position

In 2011, conception rates in young people aged under 18 were at their lowest point in England for 40 years, although rates remain higher than many other western European countries.

The rate for Brighton and Hove in 2011 was 29.4 per 1,000, a statistically significant reduction from the 1998 baseline rate of 48.1 per 1,000. The local rate has remained below the England rate (currently 30.7 per 1,000) for the last 4 years but remains above the South East rate (26.1 per 1,000). 

Overall, in Brighton and Hove, there were 114 conceptions in 2011, compared to 144 conceptions in 2010 and 187 in 1998. The proportion of conceptions leading to a termination is 59%, which was higher than for the South East (52%) and England (49%).

In under 16 year olds the rate for Brighton & Hove was 7.1 per 1000 in 2009-11 (which is a slight increase compared with 2008-10).  There were 80 conceptions (of which 30 led to a birth). The equivalent regional and national rates were: 5.4 per 1,000 in the South East and 6.7 in England.