Sex is a very difficult topic to discuss at any time and it can be very embarrassing. Young people do need to know what is safe and what is not. It is important to be honest and frank, but also admit that you do not have all the answers but you can help find out!

Some useful tips!

  • Avoid the ‘one-off’ lecture!
  • Try to introduce the topic through something that is on tv, radio or newspaper
  • Be prepared to listen to your child and be prepared to accept you don’t know everything
  • Do not overreact if you think your young person is having sex or they tell you they are
  • Respect their honesty if they approach you
  • Choose a good time to discuss when you are both prepared to listen
  • Discuss the facts about sex but do this in the context of healthy relationships
  • Talk and keep lines of communication open
  • Try to not be judgemental

Young people can access GUM/Sexual Health services and talk to their GP about sexual health issues confidentially even if they are under 16 due to the Gillick competency & Fraser guidelines.  The young person will be assessed by the doctor and if there were any safeguarding issues they will contact the safeguarding team/gateway service. The service is confidential but not to the detriment of the child.

Page last updated:26 November 2014