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A mum at 13: girl expecting baby with 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".
The Borough of Poole, which has taken out a court order to prevent identification of the two children, says it is offering "appropriate support" to the families concerned.
Anne Newton, strategic director for children's services, Borough of Poole said in a statement: "It is the council's policy not to comment on individual cases.
"However, in a situation of this nature our priority is to ensure appropriate support is available to the young people and their families and that their right to privacy is respected.
"This course of action was discussed with the families before a decision was taken to obtain a legal order."
She added: "Teenage pregnancy is not a common occurrence and the council works closely with other partners to address the issue.
"We recognise this is a complex subject and specialist advice and information is available through schools and further education establishments. In addition, we work closely with families to orrder individual support and guidance."
The council says Poole has a comparatively small number of under-18 pregnancies, fewer than 100 a year.
The town's rolling quarterly average is 32.3 conceptions per 1,000 young women of that age.
When data was first collected in December 1988 the figure was 42.9.
Poole hit the headlines in 1997 when one of the UK's youngest mums, Jenny Teague, gave birth at the age of 12.
Now Poole is doing better than the national rolling quarterly average, which is at 34.7 per 1,000 women under 18, 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.
"Unfortunately it happens," said a spokesman.
"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."
Rate at lowest for 43 years
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.
Pregnancies in under 16s also went down, by 6.8 per cent to 6,674 in total from 7,158 the previous year.
However the UK has the highest teenage birth and abortion rates in western Europe.