"It's really all about keeping our kids safe and healthy."
Carla, mother of 15-year-old Becky and 12-year-old Aaron
Confidentiality and Mandated Reporting
Getting Confidential Health Services
By law, teens have the right to receive certain health services confidentially. This means that their parents, teachers, friends, and partners cannot be told about those services without written consent.
There are some things that educators, healthcare professionals and other people in positions of trust cannot keep confidential. If one of these professionals hears that a teen is hurting someone or being hurt by someone, that person must file a report with the local Child Protective Services or perhaps the police, in order to get help for the teen.
Information for parents on confidentiality and mandated reporting:
Information for healthcare providers and other professionals working with teens: