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Will they tell my parents?

If you're under 16 and want contraception, an abortion or tests for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), the doctor, nurse or pharmacist won't tell your parents (or carer) as long as they believe that you are not at risk of significant harm.

They'll encourage you to consider telling your parents or carers, but they won't make you. You have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult.

If they think you are at significant risk of harm they might feel it's in your best interests to involve other people, such as a social worker or the police, if this happens then your parents maybe informed.

If you are under 18 and you want to find out more about sex and the law visit The LowDown.