NHS Consultation regarding Trans Children & Adolescents

Coin Street Neighbourhood Complex where NHS England meetings are generally heldVery interesting day yesterday at the workshop on the Service Specification for Gender Identity Services for Children and Adolescents held at the Coin Street Neighbour Centre in London SW1.

Although the present protocol is working for some, many others are being let down, not only by the Tavistock, but by GP’s and CAMHS (which has long waiting lists) – and sadly this means young people are put at risk of self-harming, self mutilation and suicide. They also risk a poorer level of education than their peers as the depression and other side effects of GD can seriously affect their ability to study.

The workshop recognised this and the NHS is open to change – but it is vitally important for transgender children and adolescents that the decisions reached during the workshop need to be implemented in the very near future – not in 18 months to 2 years time.

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