Everyone working for the NHS has a legal duty to keep information held about you confidential and secure.
Information concerning you or your condition can often be of a sensitive nature which you may not wish to be known by others. Staff dealing with information are under obligation by law to make sure it is protected at all times
We understand that confidentiality is very important to everyone but especially for young people.
Young people are sometimes anxious about seeking sexual health advice as they fear that whatever they discuss with the health professional wont be kept as confidential information.
Young people are owed the same confidentiality to that of an older person. This means that the health professional has a duty not to disclose anything learned from a person without their consent.
When you talk to staff here, you have a right to expect anything you say will not be spoken about or passed on to anyone outside the team without your permission, irrespective of age.
That means that even if you are under 16, your information will still be kept in confidence and not shared with anyone else.
The only exception to this would be if the nurse or doctor felt you were in any harm. This is called Child Protection, which means that young people under 16 are entitled to special protection from harm.
An example could be if they thought that someone was forcing you to have sex or do something that you did not want to do.
If the doctor or nurse was worried about you, and thought that ‘Child Protection’ was necessary, they might have to share your information with someone else in order to give you extra support or protection to keep you safe.
Even so they would not normally pass on any information without first discussing it with you.
For the majority of young people however, their information is confidential and would never be shared with anyone else