January 23rd, 2006
Today the Department of Health announced its decision following a judicial review of provision of sexual health advice for under-16s.
It follows concerns last year that sexual health educators and health professionals would have to notify police or social services if young people asked them for sexual health advice or services.
That would have meant breaching confidentiality, removing trust, and reducing access to sexual health services for young people.
Fortunately the judicial review will allow health professionals and educators to continue to give confidential sexual health advice and provide services to teenagers.
Jan Barlow, Chief Executive of Brook said:
“This decision upholds the guidance that health professionals have been following for 20 years. I very much hope that we can now draw a line under the unhelpful debate about whether young people should be able to get confidential sexual health advice. What matters is ensuring young people can get the information and support they need; and we know that confidentiality is their top concern when they want advice on sexual health issues”.