Your Health & Well Being

Here are some answers to some questions that you may have regarding your health and wellbeing: At what age can I use a health service without needing a parent, guardian or carer to be involved? If you’re older than 16 you can register with a doctor without needing a parent, guardian or carer to be with you.

The only time the GP or health worker might want to talk to someone else about what you have discussed with them is if they were very worried about your safety – for example, if they thought you were being abused or felt that you were likely to harm yourself. Doctors have to treat what you discuss as totally private, and mustn’t contact your parents, guardian or other family members without your permission. Where can I get advice about sexual health if I am under 16? There are lots of places you can get free sexual health advice whatever your age (including if you are under 16), like your GP surgery or a sexual health clinic. You may find that you want to talk to a healthcare professional (a GP for instance) without a parent or guardian present.