Welsh teenage pregnancy rates 'tackled'

The Welsh assembly government has announced that £450,000 will be invested in the country to target places with the highest rates of teenage pregnancies.

Such a move could well be necessary, following a Wales on Sunday report that schoolgirls in the region seem to be ignoring condoms, with teenagers as young as 13 repeatedly taking the morning after pill.

Now, steps are being taken to tackle such attitudes, with information offered to parents to help them discuss these issues with their children and the introduction of integrated sexual health services that meet a wide range of people's needs.

Furthermore, advice for local health boards, wellbeing partnerships and health and social care centres has been provided to improve cooperation with youths.

Edwina Hart, health minister, said although sexual health services have improved in recent times, more must be done.

"We can provide information, education and service, but people must take personal responsibility for their actions," she added.