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If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual health issue, you can call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123. Your call will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence. The Sexual Health Helpline is open from 9am-8pm, Monday-Friday. Read more here

First time sex

The first time someone has sex it can be a daunting and exciting time. Sex should be something enjoyable. Even if someone has talked a great deal about sexual health and thinks they know what to expect, they can still have many questions and mixed feelings. For more information click here 

Parents talking to children about sex

Parents are often concerned about their children growing up and how to discuss relationships and sex. There is a wealth of information and top tips available on how to tackle this sensitive subject:

NHS Choices

Sexting

Some people choose to send each other sexual messages or images. Whilst this might initially seem like fun there can be long lasting consequences. As soon as you share an image you lose all control over it. It may be shared without your knowledge. Even though legally someone can have sex at 16, people are not considered adult until they are 18. Therefore if you or someone else has an explicit picture there may be serious consequences.For more information click here 

Confidentiality

You can visit a sexual health service at any age. Although the age of consent is 16 we know that occasionally people have sex before then. You can still access sexual health services if you are under 16. You do not need permission from a parent or guardian to attend our clinics.

We do not share any of the information with anyone else without your consent.

In rare circumstances we may have to talk to someone in order to keep you or someone else safe. This is rare and we will always tell you if we are going to share information.

To view the NHS code of practice please click here

Sex & the law

The age of consent for sex in England and Wales is 16. This is for both men and women and regardless of sexuality. Occasionally people have sex before they are 16 and they can access help & advice in confidence from Sexual Health services. If it is with someone who is a similar age and both people consent and understand what they are doing, then it is unlikely they will be prosecuted.

It is an offence for a person aged 18 or over to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 if the older person holds a position of trust (for example a teacher or social worker) as such sexual activity is an abuse of the position of trust. For more information on sex and the law click here.

 
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