You must be 16 or over in order to legally have sex.
means penetrative sex, oral sex or masturbating together. It is the same for sex between a male and a female (heterosexual) and sex between two members of the same sex (gay).
Talk of sex is common among young people – you may feel pressured to do it because others are or you may just be curious to do it.
In the eyes of the law a boy who has sex with a girl/boy under 16 is breaking the law, even if she/he agrees. If a girl has sex with a boy/girl under 16 and he/she agrees, she is breaking the law too.
What is consent?
Sexual consent is where a person over 16 has the ability and freedom to agree to sexual activity.
It’s important to be clear that being intimate or social with someone does not automatically lead to sexual intercourse. Dating, flirting, kissing does not convey consent to sex.
Know what consent is and find information about sex through Childline