On 8th April 2020, The Times ran a series of articles about worries over the treatment of children at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust Gender Identity Development Service. As well as concerns about inadequate assessment, whistleblowing staff were also concerned that struggles with sexuality we being misattributed to being transgender.
The staff who left the service also described feeling under pressure to refer young people for medical treatments, despite reservations that this was not in their best interests.
The clinicians also spoke out about the vulnerability of the children and young people they were assessing. Many of them had multiple other mental health issues, had experienced abuse or had a history of trauma.
One clinician felt that there were too many children who had emerging sexuality issues, stating “It feels like conversion therapy for gay children.”
Professor Carl Heneghan of Oxford University was pointed in his criticism of treatments for child and adolescent gender dysphoria, calling the use of puberty blocking drugs “an unregulated live experiment on children”.
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