[Skip to content]

.

Young People

Confidentiality

 

If you are 16 doctors, nurses and other people who you talk to about your health don’t need to tell a parent, carer or guardian what you have talked about.

But ...
  • You need to be aware that whatever age you are, if someone thinks you are at risk of being harmed or harming someone else, they legally have to report it to someone else. 

If you are aged 14 to 15, doctors, nurses and other people who you talk to about your health don’t need to tell a parent, carer or guardian what you have talked about or even that you have made an appointment, as long as they believe you understand everything they have said and the consequences of any decisions you make. If they do not think you do fully understand, they can legally refuse to offer you some services.

If you are under 13, you can talk to doctors, nurses or other people if you need advice about relationships or sexual health

But ...
  • You need to be aware that it is a serious criminal offence for anyone to have sex under the age of 13, so if you tell anyone that you have had sex, they will have a legal obligation to report it.

 

 

My Dudley

For local property information, enter your postcode and hit 'Go'