Having children

The age of consent for having sex in the UK is 16 so, in the eyes of the law, you shouldn't be having children under 16. However, the law recognises that young people under 16 do have sex, and they do have children, so it is highly unlikely you would get into trouble for having a baby.

It's worth bearing in mind that if you are under 16 you are not eligible for any benefits, even if you do have a child.

There are charities, like Gingerbread, who are there to help and advise lone parents on matters such as their rights, benefits and money matters.

You can find out more about what, if any, benefits you are eligible for here.

There is more information on this site about having a baby with other links to useful organisations.

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