Healthy relationships and sex

Looking after your health is really important physically and emotionally. This post will identify what a healthy relationship should feel like, local services available, how you can access them and how to keep yourself safe.

When you are in a relationship you should always feel safe and be treated with respect. Remember that you have the right to be treated respectfully and spoken to in a way that you deserve. You should never be exposed to any physical harm such as hitting or emotional harm such as name calling or mind games. A healthy relationship allows you to feel supported and safe whilst still being able to keep your independence and see your friends and family as you want.

Having sex is a big commitment and often a hard decision to make. It is very individual and before making any decisions you need to make sure that it is right decision for you. You should not feel pressured or forced to make any decisions about sex or to have sex with anyone. When it comes to having sex we need to first discuss consent. This means permission from you to say that you are happy to do something. You must remember that at any point you can always change your mind and say no. This is really important to remember; if you feel uncomfortable or that something does not feel right you can always say no and the other person must stop what they are doing.

If you are thinking of having sex, or are already sexually active, you can access the sexual health services that are listed in the local services directory; or access your School Nurse CHAT drop-in sessions in school – your school drop-in time is located in the local services directory on this website under Shropshire. You can also text your School Nurse for any questions or advice

Shropshire – 07507 330346

Telford and Wrekin – 07520 619051

The service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm (except bank holidays). During these times we aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours and you will receive a response from a Specialist School Nurse. This may lead to an appointment with your School Nurse or health advice being given to you or signposting of where you can get the appropriate support.

Sexual Health Services for Young People


We do not usually inform your parents, teachers or anyone else if you text the School Nurse. We might inform someone if we were concerned about your safety, but we would usually speak to you first. Your messages are stored and can be seen by other healthcare staff who follow the same confidentiality rules. We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate bounce-back to confirm we received your text. Texts will not be seen outside of normal working hours. If you need help before you hear back from us, contact a member of school staff or your doctor. Our text number does not receive voice calls or MMS picture messages. We support messaging from UK mobile numbers only (which does not include messages sent from landlines, international mobile numbers and some ‘number masking’ mobile apps). If you want to stop receiving messages from our School Nurses please text STOP to our number. Please respect your schools mobile phone policy. Messages are charged at your usual rate.

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