Under 18?

We hope that if anyone of any age who uses our sexual health or contraception services will feel welcome and comfortable. If you attend our clinics you have the right:

  • To a confidential service
  • To privacy, no need to discuss details in open areas
  • To be treated with respect
  • To be listened to
  • Not to be patronised
  • Not to be judged
  • Not to be discriminated against
  • To bring a friend or partner for support (occasionally the nurse or doctor may wish to speak to you on your own for part of the consultation)
  • To book and attend an appointment without a parent or carer
  • To request whether you are seen by a male or female member of staff (your request will be accomodated wherever possible)
  • To complain, compliment or give us feelback

In the UK there are laws and child protection guidelines in place to protect people under the age of 18.

As sex is illegal under the age of 16, it is important to make sure that you are making safe decisions around your sexual health.

Most young people under 16 are not having sex, and many people who have had sex before 16 say that they regret it. You might find it helpful to look at this checklist to find out whether you are ready to have sex for the first time.

Not everyone is sure about their sexuality, and feelings can change a lot as you develop.

Click here to find out where you can get help and support if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, or even if you're just unsure.

We offer specialist services to young people in parts of York and North Yorkshire. School nurses and youth workers can also provide help and advice around a range of sexual health issues.

All sexual health services are free of charge. Visit our clinics page to find out more.

What about confidentiality?

You are entitled to the same confidential health care when you are under 18 as anyone over 18.

This means that information is not passed on to anyone else without your permission.

The only exception to this is if there are serious concerns about someone's health or safety.

If you are under 16 and having sex, you will be encouraged to talk with your parents or guardians.

Having sex with someone under the age of 13 is a serious cause for concern, and is legally considered to be 'statutory rape'.

Therefore there are strict child protection guidelines that have to be followed in all of our services.