Local birth control service
Since 1993 we have asked thousands of 12-15 year olds…”Is there a special birth control (family planning) service for young people available locally?”
Those replying ‘Yes’ show an upward trend (see chart below left).
Those responding ‘Don’t know’ show a downward trend (see chart below right).
Yes – there is a local young people’s birth control service
Don't know if there is a local young people’s birth control service
When taking into account all three responses (‘No’, ‘Don’t know’, and ‘Yes’) it would appear that since 1993 there has been a growing awareness of these services.
The reasons for this greater awareness are complex and possibly include more effective health promotion/education, more service provision and youngster’s inceasing need to find out.
However, despite the downward ‘Don’t Know’ trend, recent figures show that up to 64% of 12-13 year olds and 54% of 14-15 year olds still don’t know if there are local services.