I'm under 25 years old

Getting the right information about sex and relationships and finding services that you trust can be tricky.

We believe young people have the right to:

Why choose us?

All of our services are free, young people friendly and are provided with a non-judgmental approach. It is important to us that ALL young people regardless of race, religion and sexuality get the services that they need. We provide services for young people in all kinds of relationships, including same sex, casual relationships, married or long term. We can often refer to specialist services if we are not able to provide everything that you need.

We see all service users on their own. This means that you can discuss private things without your partner being present. We also keep what is spoken about private - we don’t share anything with your GP or write to you at home without your permission.

What is sexual health?

Good sexual health isn’t only about using condoms and being free from pregnancy and infections. It is also about having sexual experiences that feel nice, being treated with respect, being safe from harm and being accepted by the world around you - no matter whether you are attracted to boys, girls or both. 

We really like this statement by the World Health Organisation:

"Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence."

For more information on young people’s sexual health and relationships, Brook offers a range of advice and support for people under 25.

Our services

We offer clinic sessions across Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest – some are walk in and wait services just for young people.

Our services are available to all, including those under 16 (this is the legal age that a person can consent to sex).  

Education and advice

If you would like education or advice around sexual health and relationships, but don’t need to come into a clinic for services we may be able to talk with you over the phone, by email or meet with you in person. Please email us to discuss this further

Brook has lots of information about sex and relationships. Brook offer information specially created for young people aged 25 and under. 

What to expect

When you visit a clinic

  • A receptionist will ask you to complete a form and take a seat. You do not need to say what you have come for at reception
  • You will see a health advisor, a nurse, or maybe both depending on what you have come in for
  • You will be seen alone. Partners, friends, family members and support workers will be asked to take a seat in the waiting area 
  • If you need to be tested for sexually transmitted infections this usually involves you taking a vaginal, anal (bum) or mouth swab yourself in a private space and may involve blood being taken from your arm. 

Keeping things private...

All our advice is confidential. Many young people worry that what they discuss won’t be kept private but the law is clear that doctors and nurses (including your school nurse) must keep your discussion confidential. We will only share information about you if we think you are at risk.

If you speak very little English

Please visit our usual services. We use a service called Language Line to interpret. Friends and family members will not be allowed to interpret for you.