Your teen years are a period of growth, not only physically but emotionally and intellectually. During these years you will encounter many new and exciting life experiences, however, it's understandable that somethings may be at times stressful and confusing. We hope that some of the information and links on this page will help with questions you may have.
You can contact ChildLine on 0800 1111 if you’re worried about your safety. ChildLine is always open and free to call.
To Report abuse happening to another person aged under 18 call the NSPCC helpline 0808 800 5000 or contact them online
Frequently asked Questions Teenagers often ask us:
'Do my parents have to know I have an appointment at the Health Centre?'
No. If you are under 16 years old you can consent to treatment as long as you have enough understanding and intelligence to fully appreciate what is involved. This is known as being "Gillick competent". Additional consent by a person with parental responsibility is not required. However, there are strict guidelines for healthcare professionals who work with people under 16. If they believe there's a risk to your safety and welfare, they may decide to tell your parents.
For us to be able to maintain your confidentiality we remove your parent’s mobile numbers and email addresses from your record when you turn 13. It is important you only give us your personal mobile number so your parents do not get sent your appointment reminders.
You can change your contact details here
'Should I have The Men ACWY vaccine?'
This is your choice but we would strongly advice you to take up the offer of the vaccination. Cases of meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning) are rising, due to a particularly aggressive strain. Watch this clip to learn more:
Meningitis and septicaemia can kill very quickly. Older teenagers and university students are at high risk of this infection due to lifestyle.The Men ACWY vaccine protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. Please contact the surgery to check your eligibility and to book an appointment. For more information about the main signs and symptoms of Meningitis click here.
'Can I book an appointment to talk about sex?'
You do not need to be embarrassed about seeing a Doctor about relationships. If you would like to talk about your sexual health you can book an appointment to see one of our Doctors or you can attend a local clinic 'Lets Talk about it'
Its ok to say no! Don't feel awkward about saying no to sex or kissing, touching or any other sexual activity. 'No' is an important word in sex and relationships. Find out how you can say no
Useful Heath Websites:
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. Young minds explores different issues which may be Worrying young people including abuse, eating disorders,self harm and mental health.
Worried about Domestic Violence
Want to know about Contraception
Want to know about Anxiety
Want to know about Bullying
Drinkaware is an independent charity which aims to reduce alcohol-related harm by helping people make better choices about their drinking. How much is too much? Are you staying in the safe limits?
Want to know about Drugs:
Talk to Frank
NHS Choices – Alcohol Support
Stay safe from abuse online Thinkuknow
Driving and traveling on the roads is the most dangerous thing most of us do regularly. Young people are involved in a huge proportion of road crashes.
Stay safe on the road:
- Always wear a Seatbelt
- Never accept a lift from someone you don’t trust completely to drive under the speed limits and focus on the road.
- Never drink or take drugs and drive
- Look out for yourself and your friends when out on foot and bike. Choose the safest routes you can (which are often nicer anyway), like quieter, slower roads, with pavements if you’re walking or cycle paths if you’re going by bike. It’s easy to get distracted by your phone or by friends, but you need to be alert to traffic.
Visit Brake for more tips on staying safe on the road.
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