Under-16s Could Be Reported for Taking Sex Advice

Daily Mail (London), October 19, 2005 | Go to article overview

Under-16s Could Be Reported for Taking Sex Advice


Byline: KHUSHWANT SACHDAVE

CHILDREN who seek sex advice before they are 16 could be reported to the police and social services under proposals being considered by the Government.

Current guidance says advice given on sexual health to young people should be kept confidential, except where a child is at serious risk.

But this view will be challenged in the High Court next month and the Government is looking at whether it should also change the law.

If it does, it would be a turnaround from the current position which ensures girls have access to contraception and morning-after pills, even without their parents' knowledge.

Current guidance also advises doctors they can perform abortions on under-16s without parental consent.

The move being considered by the Government comes after statistics revealed one in four girls loses her virginity before she is 16.

The issue of confidentiality will be challenged in the courts by Sue Axon, a mother of five from Baguley, Manchester, who is concerned it enables under-16s to have an abortion without their parents' consent. …

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