It is an offence for a person aged 18 or over to have any sexual activity with a person under the age of 18 if the older person holds a position of trust (for example a teacher or social worker) as such sexual activity is an abuse of the position of trust.
Some places count things like kissing as sexual contact while other places only count sexual intercourse.
You can find out the laws in your country on your government's website.
There’s no set age to be ready for sex so the law has to generalise.
It’s important to know the age of consent where you live and how it applies to you.
Learning how to protect yourself from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV, will also help you become more confident when the time is right to have sex.