As children get older, the way they express their sexual feelings changes.
These days children are exposed to sexual images at a far younger age, and in more places than ever before, such as music videos, websites and social media. It’s therefore not surprising that sometimes children’s sexual development can seem out of step with their age.
Local contraception and sexual health clinics
You can also find out where your nearest sexual health clinic or contraception provider is.
Young people can also get sexual health information, advice and services from:
- Pharmacies – many offer free emergency hormonal contraception to young women aged 13-24 and chlamydia screening for young men and women.
- GP practices – many offer a full range of contraception as well as chlamydia screening for young people. Find your local GP practice.
- Local minor injury units – some offer emergency contraception, but please telephone first.
- Further education (FE) colleges – nurses offer confidential sexual health drop-ins and can provide free condoms, pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening and emergency contraception.
- Schools – many secondary schools offer confidential sexual health drop-ins and nurses can provide free condoms, pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening and emergency contraception.
- Youth services – staff provide confidential information and advice and many services provide free condoms, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screening. Visit Young Devon for more information.
- Online – there is a lot of contradictory information on the internet but sites like RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) Hub and BISH provide clear, sensible information for young people and parents.
- NHS Choices – offers information and advice about sexual health and answers some of the common sexual health questions.
- Childline – has further information and advice aimed at young people about sex and relationships.