About Us

We welcome media enquiries and are keen to represent the views of our members. We can comment on mental health, autism, impact on families, CAMHS, NHS gender clinics, the Cass Review and school policies.

Please email us at:

press@bayswatersupport.org.uk

Media Enquiries

The group began in autumn 2019 when three parents who’d met online decided to meet in person. For convenience, we chose the area of Bayswater in London. By the time of our meeting, on 19 October, we’d become a group of twenty-five mums and dads: the Bayswater Support Group. We adopted a simple governing document as an ‘unincorporated association’. By the time we held our first AGM in early 2021, we’d grown to more than 200 members.

Our main aim is to support one another - to help us feel less isolated; to give parents the tools to advocate for their child in school and within health services; and to help them to hear and understand their child’s distress.

What problems does it solve for a child to want to reinvent themselves as a member of the opposite sex? How can we address the root problems so that they don’t undergo unnecessary and experimental medical treatments? Our second aim is education: explaining to people that we are simply ordinary supportive parents who want to improve on the current ‘affirmative’ model of care.We are strictly for parents and guardians of children and young adults who identify as trans or non-binary. We felt that the public discourse about gender-distressed young people was often occupied by people who weren’t directly impacted by the issue as we were, so we wanted parents to have a voice directly. We have members in all regions of England and in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Our members are overwhelmingly parents whose children are adolescents or young adults. They are at different stages of gender transition, and have different experiences of NHS services.

What do we offer as a support group?

In-person meetings: before covid stopped them, we held face to face meetings in Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, and Swindon. We plan to resume as soon as the rules allow.
Zoom meet-ups: we have a general one and another for parents of young adults
Webinars: we organise professional-quality events involving specialists, attended not only by our parent members but school leaders and mental health professionals.
Members’ forum: we have a very active online forum, which is a great place to ask a question, read other members’ stories, and feel like you’re not alone!
Website resources: we publish advice and point to others’ resources. Our Top Ten Tips have been translated into several languages and is being used by parent groups in Europe and Australasia
Email newsletter: all members receive our monthly round-up of information and news.
1:1 support: we’re available to talk on the phone to members and applicants, often it is the first time a parent has told their story and it can be an important moment for them.

Helping our fellow parents is our way of finding a way through this health crisis, and our members tell us how much being a part of the group has helped them. We’re all volunteers and rely on donations to continue our work. Please donate if you can.

We’ve worked with researchers to build understanding about the challenge of gender distress in families today. If you have an academic project, we’d be happy to discuss how we might help. Please use our Contact Form or email us at hello@bayswatersupport.org.uk.

Our Statements, Articles, and Public Letters

NICE review echoes concerns raised by experts: poor evidence base for puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones

Many clinicians have now raised concerns about the use of puberty blockers in children, particularly in the last few years. Much of the unease of these medical professionals has been about the lack of evidence for their use, their efficacy and their safety, and many of them have been criticised ...
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Our statement in response to the family court ruling on parental consent to puberty blockers

In light of last December’s judgment by the High Court that under 16s were unlikely to be able to consent to the prescribing of puberty blockers, an application was made to the Family Court by the parents of child XY, a 15-year-old who is already being prescribed puberty blockers initially ...
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Bayswater Support shares concerns about Telegraph investigation into GenderGP

1 March 2021 Bayswater Support Group is gravely concerned about the implications of the investigative article in The Daily Telegraph on 27 February. The response of Gender GP, as posted on its website, is further confirmation that they are happy to provide these drugs to our children without parental input ...
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How We Could Reform ‘Transition to Adulthood’ care in the NHS

A look at seamless transition – not of gender, but from childhood to adult life. How well does the NHS support vulnerable teens with gender distress as they move into adulthood? And, as parents of those teens, what might we want a gender service to look like? This post started ...
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BMJ Rapid Response: Supporting Parents of Children with Gender Dysphoria

Our BMJ Rapid Response, published 27 January 2020 at https://www.bmj.com/content/368/bmj.m215/rr-0 in response to this article by Sally Howard about the difficulties faced by GPs caring for young people with gender dysphoria. Supporting parents of children with gender dysphoria With 4000 children and adolescents now on the GIDS waiting list, Sally ...
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Statement: Bayswater Support Group Shares Concerns of CQC Inspection Report, Calls for Enhanced Child Mental Health Support

20 January 2021 Bayswater Support Group shares the concerns of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), whose inspection report today described the service provided by the NHS Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) as “inadequate”. Many of our children are current and former patients at GIDS, or on the waiting list. Our ...
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Statement to The Mail On Sunday about Puberty Blockers

On Sunday 16th January 2021, Sanchez Manning reported in The Mail on Sunday about GenderCare, a private clinic treating young people wishing to take cross sex hormones. We were asked for comment, and here is our written statement in full. Statement to the Mail on Sunday 14 January 2021 We ...
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Statement: Bayswater Support Group Welcomes Court Ruling in Use of Puberty Blockers in Under 18s

1 December 2020 Bayswater Support Group, which represents families in the UK Ireland, welcomes today’s ruling that protects young patients (and clinicians) by requiring a judge's oversight of the “experimental” puberty blocker intervention . The support group was set up in autumn 2019 by the parents of children with adolescent-onset ...
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Statement: On the NHS England Announcement of an Independent Review into the Treatment of Gender Dysphoria in Children

22 September 2020 Today NHS England announced a wide-ranging review into its support for children with gender dysphoria, led by Dr Hilary Cass OBE, to 'ensure that the best model(s) for safe and effective services are commissioned.' We really welcome this, and thank Dr Cass for her willingness to take ...
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Our Letter: Regarding the EHRC Transgender Guidance for Secondary Schools

15 September 2020 Rebecca Hilsenrath CEO, Equalities and Human Rights Commission via email: correspondence@equalityhumanrights.com Dear Mrs Hilsenrath, EHRC Transgender Guidance for Secondary Schools We read with concern the report in yesterday's The Sunday Times about draft EHRC guidance to secondary schools around transgender pupils ('Girls must bow to trans rights ...
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Our Letter: Concerning the Oxford Study “Identifying the Health and Care Needs of Young Trans and Gender Diverse People”

A 30 month long project entitled Identifying the health and care needs of young trans and gender diverse people was started by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care, and we had some concerns about the affirmative stance they had taken at the outset. Our full letter to the study lead ...
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Thoughts on J.K. Rowling’s Essay and its Responses

"Being male is preferable to being female and vulnerable.” (contributed by a parent in our group) We wanted to express our gratitude to J.K. Rowling for shining a light, in her essay, on the gender distress that is causing increasing numbers of young women to propose radical changes to their ...
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