It can be hard to think of your child growing up and getting to the point in their lives when they are thinking about having sex or are sexually active.
You might not feel they’re ready, or you don’t want them to ‘grow up too quickly’. You’re not alone and most parents feel this way.
When your child starts puberty can be a good time to start openly discussing relationships and attraction to others.
Why should you speak to your children about relationships and sex?
When the time is right to speak to your child about sex it’s important to stay calm and have an open discussion with them. It might feel awkward but you will both be feeling the same.
If you’re able to have an open and honest talk, they’re more likely to come and speak to you in the future.
Young people have the right to a confidential service without parents/carers being informed. The professionals are trained in supporting young people and they will encourage them to speak to you.
All young people 13+ are assessed in accordance with the law. If they understand the information they are being given and it is in their best interest, then information, advice and contraception (if relevant) will be given.