Services for Young People

Confidential information and advice on sexual health

Nearest service to me

Emergency Contraception

Find out where to get it

Your Closest Provider

C-Card Issue Points

Where you can register or collect free condoms, including using our new Click and Collect

Find the nearest to me

What is the law on sex?

The law says it is legal for you to consent to have sex from the age of 16 regardless of your sexual or gender identity in England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Even if you are under 16 you can get free and confidential advice about sex, contraception and abortion at any time. Visit your local doctor or young person's clinic to find out more.

Why is it illegal to have sex under 16?

The laws on sex are there to protect young people from abuse or from having sex before they are ready. Different countries do have different laws, but in this country it is considered that people are not ready to have sex until they are 16. You might think it's unfair, but laws are there to protect you and not to try and spoil your fun. Think carefully before you have sex for the first time and whether it is really right for you as many people do regret having sex too young. If you do decide you are ready for sex then always use a condom to protect against unplanned pregnancies and STIs.

Remember you can get free and confidential advise about sex, contraception and abortion even if you are under 16.

Will doctors show my records/information to my parents?

No. Doctors and nurses have a strict rule which says they have to keep all patient records and information completely private, even if you are under 16. Even if they think you are in serious danger they must talk to you first.

If you or a friend have been forced to have sex.

You or they don't have to deal with it on your/their own. There is lots of help available that will help you or them decide what you want to do next. The Bridge is an integrated, comprehensive, sexual assault support service for men, women and children in the Avon and Somerset area. Tel 0117 3426999

Safer Sex Pack Issues Image

13 July 2024

Safer Sex Pack Issues
Read More
Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 Image

13 July 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024
Read More
New C-Card+ Click and Collect point in Bridgwater Image

13 July 2024

New C-Card+ Click and Collect point in Bridgwater
Read More

Our website uses cookies which are small files of letters and numbers that we put on your computer. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of our website, which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also helps us to improve our website. Read more about the cookies we use by clicking here. By clicking CONTINUE you agree to cookies being used in accordance with our Cookie Policy. If you don't agree you can disable cookies - see the Cookie Policy for more details.