Sexuality: information and support

Sex is a natural part of growing older. It’s important if you are engaging in sexual relationships that they are safe, consensual, and fun. This page has lots of information and advice on understanding sexuality, making sure you look after your sexual health and how to have healthy relationships.

If you need help with anything or are unsure which service you need, speak to your Pathway Advisor (PA) or anyone in the Positive Futures Team.

What if I have some questions about my sexuality?

Everyone is attracted to different kinds of people and this can be either of the opposite sex, the same sex, both, variations in between and/or no one!

Some people realise they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, Transgender and/or Queer (LGBTQ+) at an early age, while others may not know until later in life. Being LGBTQ+ isn’t a choice, it’s the way someone feels inside and is natural.

For some people coming to terms with the fact that they might be attracted to someone of the same sex can be very difficult. Some people may feel like their body doesn’t match the gender they are. Others may feel absolutely no inclination to have sex or romantic relationships at all. All of these feelings are okay.

If you feel any of these feelings remember that there are plenty of people you can talk to who can help.

Here are some services and projects especially for young people who identify as LGBTQ+ or who are exploring their sexuality:

  • Out of the Can - a young person led LGBTQ+ action youth group aged between 13 – 19 years old
  • Childline: sexuality - information and support on sexuality and sexual orientation
  • Stonewall Youth - advice and support for young people
  • LGBT Foundation - national charity delivering advice, support and information services to LGBT communities

Who else can help me?

Children Looked After Health Team - Phone or text us for confidential advice Mon-Fri 9am-4pm. Contact Sally Harrison - 07392 109890 or Lianne Lewis - 07976 158224

GP surgery - visit your doctor or practice nurse for confidential advice and support

Other services and resources

  • BISH - an online resource about sex and relationships
  • Health for teens - a website for 11-19 year olds to learn about their health, including sexual health and relationships
  • NHS: sexual health - information and advice about your sexual health

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