Confidentiality means not telling anyone, other than those who need to know, about anything you have said or any problems you may have.
When you are looking for information, advice or support for yourself you will want to make sure that the person you go to respects your privacy. An important part of protecting your privacy is making sure that members of staff do not tell anyone anything about you without asking you first.
What are your rights to confidentiality?
When you ask for help from a health professional-for example at a sexual health clinic, your GP surgery or school nurse they will provide a confidential service to no matter what your age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief or ethnicity. This means that you can tell others about this visit, but the health professional won’t.
However if a member of staff thought you or someone else was at risk of serious harm this would allow confidentiality to be broken.
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