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It’s natural for kids to want to know more about sex and relationships.
Younger children start asking about sex and the changes that happen during puberty.
Older teenagers will start dating and become sexually active.
Parents can feel unsure how to talk about sex and relationships.
Emotions, attraction and being who you want to be can feel very confusing for teenagers and parents.
Different terms describe sexual orientation and gender identity.
What is okay ?
What is not okay?
Find information and advice to support healthy, positive choices and connections.
Someone to talk to
Free safe and anonymous mental health support for young people
Emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people
Childline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 0800 1111 or chat online with a counsellor in a safe space.
Lots of information on relationships and sexual health
Free confidential help and advice on sexual health and wellbeing, including contraception advice.
Find your nearest sexual health clinics, contraception and pregnancy services, sexually transmitted infection (STI) services.
Who you want to be
Childline advice on sexuality and sexual orientation. Everyone is different, and sometimes understanding your sexuality can be confusing.
Sexuality and Sexual Orientation
NSPCC advice on supporting young people with their questions about sexuality
Supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in Birmingham and beyond
Supporting and empower young LGBTQ people to live their lives free from discrimination and fulfill their potential.
NSPCC advice on supporting young people with gender identity questions
NHS Advice. Gender dysphoria is a term that describes a sense of unease that a person may have because of a mismatch between their biological sex and their gender identity.
Gender Identity Development Service
Supporting young people's gender identity development.
Advice and support
Ask The Awkward helps parents to prepare for regular conversations with their teenager about online relationships and related topics.
Galop supports anyone experiencing hate crime, sexual violence, domestic abuse.
Help after rape and sexual assault
NHS Advice. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help.
Talking about sex and relationships with your teen
Family Lives advice on having open conversations with your teenager.
Young Minds Advice. If your child is struggling with their gender or thinks they are transgender, advice and information on what you can do and where you can get help.