Sex and the Law

In the UK, the age of consent (the age at which it is legal to have sex) is 16. This is the same whatever your sexuality.

This law is in place to prevent you being abused or exploited (when someone takes advantage of you because you are young).

Having sex with someone younger than 13 is a very serious offence and could lead to you being charged with statutory rape.

If you are under 16 years old, it is legal for you to get confidential sexual health advice, information and contraception without your parents/guardian being told.

The rules on confidentiality are very strict and the law says that all patient records and information must be kept completely private.

In exceptional circumstances, confidentiality might be broken to ensure you are safe from serious danger such as abuse, exploitation or harm. But even if this happens, the worker must talk to you first before they tell anyone else.


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