Teenage survey finds that Richmond has highest level of cannabis use

spliff-2The affluent borough of Richmond has the highest level of young people smoking cannabis in London.

A national survey of 15-year-olds found that 19% living in Richmond had tried the drug.  This is the second highest rate in England – the highest is 24% in Brighton.

Across London, 27% of 15-year-olds say that they have been offered cannabis, in line with the national rate.  A little over 1 in 10 say that they have tried smoking the drug but rates are higher in 13 boroughs.

Richmond stands out as having the highest rates, and as reported by Urbs, also has the highest proportion of teenagers drinking alcohol and getting drunk. 16% of 15 year-olds in Lambeth and Islington say they have tried cannabis, with 15% in Camden, Haringey, Lewisham and Wandsworth.

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Rates are much lower in the east of the capital. Just 6% in Tower Hamlets and Redbridge, 7% in Newham and 8% in Barking and Dagenham, and Havering.

The data from the What About YOUth survey reveals that young people from a mixed ethnic background are most likely to have been offered and tried cannabis.  Those from Asian backgrounds are least likely.  93% say they have never smoked the drug, according to the survey, compared to 89% of all 15-year-olds.

Richmond also has the highest rates for teenagers who say they have smoked cannabis in the last year (17%) and in the last month (8.5%).

The survey offered little evidence of a link between cannabis and other drugs. Just 3% of 15-year-olds in London say that they have tried other drugs, though rates are between 5-6% in Bromley, Haringey and Camden.

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Kensington teenage girls have the most negative body image in England

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15-year-old girls in Kensington and Chelsea have the most negative body image in England for girls their age. 56% of them think that they are too fat and only a third feel that they are about the right weight.

In contrast, boys in the borough have the most positive perceptions of themselves in the country.

The findings come from the What About YOUth survey commissioned by the Department of Health that looked at attitudes to health and well-being by young people across the country. It is based upon a questionnaire that was completed by 120,000 teenagers across England.

It found that nationally, 46% of girls feel that they are too fat and 45% think they are about right. In London there are 5 boroughs in addition to Kensington and Chelsea where more than half the girls consider themselves to be too fat – Hammersmith and Fulham, Richmond, Kingston, Sutton and Bromley.

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Boys are less likely to believe that they are fat, 23% of 15-year-olds nationally compared to 46% of girls. In London, 8 boroughs are above the England average with the most negative perceptions in Westminster and Sutton.

Body image boys

The 15-year-old boys of Kensington and Chelsea have the lowest proportion of those who feel they are fat in England with just 13%. 70% of Kensington’s teenage boys think that they are about the right weight.

It’s regrettable that the girls in the neighbourhood do not share this self-confidence.

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London teen pregnancy rate lowest but more end in abortion

hLondon has a lower level of teenage pregnancy than the rest of England but a higher proportion of those pregnancies end in abortion.

Teenage pregnancy is on a downward trend for both 15-17 year-olds and the 13-15 age group. Urbs analysis of the data gathered by the Office for National Statistics shows that for 15-17 year olds it went down by 46% from 2009 to 2013, and by 40% for the younger group. The rates for London are a below the national average, and declining at the same rate.

Pregnancy 15-17Pregnancy 13-15The abortion rate for 13-15 year-olds is 69% in London compared to 61% nationally.  In the older group the difference is more marked, 62% in London, which is about a fifth higher than the average for England.

Across London the conception rate varies widely.

For 15-17 year-olds in Barnet it is 13 per 1000. In Barking and Dagenham it is 3 times higher.  The rate of abortion in Barnet is 69% and in Barking and Dagenham it is 59%.  The data for 2011-13 suggests that boroughs with the higher pregnancy rates tend to have a lower proportion ending in abortion.

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