The law says it's legal for you to agree (or consent) to sex from the age of 16. If you're under 13, the situation is different because the law says you can't consent to any sexual activity at this age.
What does consent mean? This YouTube animation explains what consent means by using a cup of tea, showing the difference between choice and force. Consent - it’s simple as a cup of tea
There are so many stories around sex, it's hard to know what or who to believe. Click on any of the links to find out more. (links opens to NHS website)
- Deciding when to have sex
- How to talk about sex
- The questions to ask yourself about sex
- How do I bring up the subject of safer sex?
- Using condoms
- Choosing the right contraception
- Lesbian, gay or bisexual sex
- Reading the signs they want sex
- Alcohol won't help
Read Lara and Pauls Story – (link opens to Childline website) The films show young boys and girls in a risky sexual situation and how they might make safer choices they are comfortable with.