Under-16s have the same right to confidential advice on abortion and contraception—including emergency contraception—as adults. Where a young woman discloses to a non-health professional working in a school—such as a Connexions Personal Adviser or Youth Worker—that they are, or may be pregnant, the professional should refer the young woman to a health professional. There is no legal obligation to inform or seek permission from the young woman’s parent or carer before making the referral, although professionals are required to make every effort to encourage the young woman to talk to her parent or carer.
However, confidentiality is not absolute and can be breached if the professional judges that the young woman is at risk of significant harm. If this is the case, the professional would follow local child protection procedures.