Confidentiality at Info-Nation

Info-Nation is committed to ensuring that any involvement a young person has with Info-Nation or our partners services based within the building is treated with respect and in a confidential manner. Info-Nation will not usually disclose specific information about an individual young person to anyone outside of Info-Nation's team without the expressed permission of the young person involved.
The only time that this information will be shared is if it is believed that the young person, or another person, would be at risk of significant harm if the information was not disclosed, or if required to do so by a court of law.

Supporting Adults - We appreciate that many young people need support in accessing services. However Info-Nation is a centre for 11-25 year olds so please don't be offended if we ask you to not hang around the centre too long.

Confidentiality & Sexual Health Services

Yes, you have the right to access confidential services to support your sexual health; even if you are under 16. This means other people do not need to know. There are certain situations where a professional will encourage you to discuss things with your parents if they feel you may need extra support to keep you safe.

If you are under 13 we will give you the service that you need, but will have to discuss with another professional as we have to ensure that you are safe.

Sexual health services within Info-Nation and Evolve young peoples service are provided as part of Swansea C-Card scheme, the scheme is run in partnership with ABMU NHS trust and we may discuss with them the best way to support you, if a clinical service is required.

Young People, Sex and the Law

The age of consent to take part in any form of sexual activity is 16 for both guys and girls. This the same regardless of the gender or sexual orientation of a person. 

It is an offence for anyone to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 16. However, Home Office guidance is clear that there is no intention to prosecute young people under the age of 16 where they both mutually agree they are of a similar age. However the definition of similar age is not clear. But normally most professionals would say with in a year or two.

It is an offence for a person aged 18 or over to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 if the older person holds a position of trust (for example a teacher or social worker) as such sexual activity is an abuse of the position of trust.

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides specific legal protection for children aged 12 and under who cannot legally give their consent to any form of sexual activity. 

For further reading check out these links from FPA and Brook, The UK's leading sexual health charities.