Under 16

CONFIDENTIALITY

We offer everyone, including those under 16, a confidential service in a safe environment.

Anything you say to us will be treated with respect.

We have a duty to keep you safe and we have to consider sharing information if:

  • You tell us that you are being physically, emotionally or sexually abused.
  • There is, in our professional judgement, a strong suspicion that you might be at risk of harm from others or that you might harm yourself or others.

All ages welcome even if you just want to ask a question.

Please come to speak to a Doctor or nurse if you feel uncomfortable in your relationship or are being hurt by somebody. You will be listened to and treated with respect.

Please come to speak to a Doctor or Nurse if you are worried about another child or young person.

 

CONSENT

Consent means giving permission or agreeing for something to happen. Both people need to give consent before having sex.  Remember, it’s always OK to change your mind half way through. That’s true whether you’re kissing, touching, having oral, anal or vaginal sex, or doing anything sexual. You should never feel pressurised to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. This video explains things really clearly.

 

 

CONTRACEPTION 

Contraception is very important if you’re having sex and don’t want to get pregnant.

We offer a wide range of contraception such as pills, patches, injections, implants, coils and condoms. If you’re using condoms, we usually recommend you use another method as well, as they’re less effective than other methods when used on their own.  Why not have a look at this you tube video – It’s got loads of useful information to help you make the choice that’s right for you.

If you have sex without protection, emergency contraception can be used up to 5 days after sex (e.g. after a condom breaks, or if you weren’t using anything). It’s best to get help as soon as possible. Walk into any of our services. If we’re closed, you can also get emergency contraception from any pharmacy. Some pharmacies might charge you for emergency contraception.

Click here to visit the Lewisham Council’s website with a list of pharmacies offering free emergency contraception.

 

ONLINE DATING

Be careful when using apps like Tinder, Grindr, Happn and Plenty of Fish. People aren’t always honest about who they are. You could be chatting to someone who is a lot older than you, or isn’t really who they say they are.

 

SEXTING

Sexting is sending nude pictures or sexual texts to any other person, whether you know them or not.  It’s important to remember that you can’t control who they show the pictures to or share the pictures with. For example, if you break up with someone or your relationship changes, they could use them to embarrass or blackmail you.

Sending nudes or any kind of sexual pictures is illegal if you are under 18. If anyone sends you any pictures, messages or snapchats of a sexual nature, it’s probably best to delete them straight away. Have a look at the you tube video exposed, which shows what can happen if you send nude photos.

 

REPORTING ONLINE ABUSE

CEOP help children stay safe online. Has someone acted inappropriately towards you online, or to a child or young person you know? It may be sexual chat, being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable or someone being insistent on meeting up. You can report it here.

 

SUPPORT, ADVICE & HELP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Talk to us any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

 

 

Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We’re here for you online, on the phone, anytime.

 

Do you think a crime has been committed? Your local police force will be able to help you.

 

Mental health support for young people

 

Compass Lewisham is a health and well being service for young people offering advice about drugs, alcohol and sexual health.

 

Do you feel threatened or at risk of violence? We can support you. The Athena service, run by Refuge provides confidential, non-judgmental support to those living in the London borough of Lewisham who are experiencing gender-based violence.

 

We provide health, community and youth services across London and the South East for anyone experiencing issues around sexuality, gender, equality, diversity or identity.