Whether to start a sexual relationship is a big decision for you to make. It is your choice whether you have sex or not and you should make sure you are really ready. Make up your own mind, don’t let others make it for you.
Remember! If you are under the age of sixteen you can still get confidential advice, information and services. Talk to your school nurse or youth support worker, they will be able to help you get the information you need.
There are so many stories around sex, it's hard to know what to believe. The Healthy Child Service can support young people to understand the facts about sex and where to get support to make sure you have safer sex. For further information please contact your school nurse on:
Mobile phone numbers are displayed on posters in all Local Authority secondary schools for young people to be able to text the school nurses.
Relationships are not always perfect, it is quite normal to have disagreements but there are some things everyone deserves to ensure a happy and healthy relationship. IDAS- Healthy Relationships has lots of useful information to help you decide whether the relationship you are in is a good, healthy relationship.
Yorkshire MESMAC is one of the oldest and largest sexual health organisations in the country. They offer services to various communities across Yorkshire, including men who have sex with men, African and other BAME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGBT+ young people and adults. You can find more information about what local support there is at MESMAC York by visiting their website or Tel: 01904 620400 or email@ firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurse advisors at the Specialist Clinical Outreach Team (SCOT) offer advice, support and help with choices around sexual health or pregnancy. You can call them on 01904 725436.
YorSexualHealth has clinics across York and North Yorkshire which offer a range of free, friendly and confidential sexual health and contraception services to everyone. For more information about services in your area visit their webpage or call their information and booking line on 01904 721111.
The service directory has details of organisations that can provide information about sexual health, relationships, contraception, sex and the law, puberty, being a teenage parent, and services for young people. All sexual health services are completely confidential. The services listed will not give information about you to any one else without your permission, unless there is a serious risk to your (or someone else’s), health.