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Youth4Health
Health advice and support for young people

Confidentiality

If you're 13 to 16, you have the same rights to confidentiality as an adult and anything you tell us is strictly confidential. This means that anyone at the practice, including receptionists, cannot divulge that you've been to see us. We will not share your problems with anybody else without your permission. The only time we might want to tell someone else is if we believe there is a risk to your safety or welfare, such as abuse. The risk would need to be serious, and we would discuss this with you first.

Problems are often best discussed with your parents, and in the long-run, we often find things are easier if you do this. But if you don't want your parents or anyone else to be involved, they don't have to be.

Anyone over 16 can ask for treatment or advice without your parent being with you. If you're under 16 your doctor may still be able to treat you without your parents being present if it's appropriate.

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