Sex and Relationships
Part of growing up is
going out with people and then maybe, when the time is right,
having sex for the first time. In the UK, the age of consent for
sex is 16.
But only you know if
you’re ready to have sex with someone. It’s vital to use
contraception if you decide to have sex. A condom is best – it
stops you getting pregnant and can also stop you catching an STI
(sexually transmitted infection).
What to look out for:
- ¼ of nearly 1/3 of boys
under 16 have had sex, but the average for both sexes is 16.
- 67% of young men and 84%
of young women aged 13-14 regret having early sex.
What to do:
- Go to your Doctor or a
sexual health clinic to find out about different types of
- If you’ve had sex
without contraception or the condom has split or hasn't worked
properly you need to take Emergency hormonal contraception within
72 hours. Seek advice from your Doctor or family planning clinic if
you have had unprotected sex, even if it had been longer than 72
- If you think you’re
pregnant, talk to your parents/carers about what to do or visit
your Doctor/family planning clinic.
0800 802 1234
Sexual Health Helpline:
0800 567 123
Apps for your phone
Follow the link to download the
Child Line Zipit App for your Android phone,
Blackberry or iPhone:
Keeping Children and Young People safe is everybodies