Information to Share with Your Child’s Doctor or School

Amongst the many issues members of Bayswater Support ask for our help with is sourcing information to share with schools and healthcare settings. We have brought together some of the best review articles, research papers and news articles we think are suitable as evidence for a cautionary approach to our children.

Safe Schools Alliance has written a helpful advice note on the social transitioning of children. It includes references to the relevant educational legislation and information to back up parents (and teachers) who are concerned about schools that are affirming a child in their transgender identity and who wish to challenge this practice. The advice note (and links to their other factsheets and school resources) can be found here.

The parent advocacy group Genspect have produced a series of factsheets designed to be shared with schools, doctors and other healthcare providers. They are a great starting point for conversations with professionals involved in the education and care of your child, but bear in mind they are intended for an international audience. They can be downloaded by following the links below:

Guidance for
Paediatricians and GPs
Guidance for Schools
Guidance for Psychotherapists and Counsellors
Guidance for Mental Health Practitioners

The following articles and research papers can be downloaded directly from the links provided. Some, however, are behind a paywall but may be accessed by the intended recipient (for instance access to medical journals if you are sending the article or paper to a GP or CAMHS) by providing them with the link.

Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson. Gender-affirming hormones in children and adolescents. BMJ EBM Spotlight February 2019

Churcher Clarke, A., & Spiliadis, A. (2019). ‘Taking the lid off the box’: The value of extended clinical assessment for adolescents presenting with gender identity difficulties. Clinical child psychology and psychiatry24(2), 338-352.

Spiliadis, A (2019). Towards a Gender Exploratory Model: slowing things down, opening things up and exploring identity development. Metalogos [online], Issue 35, June 2019,

Hutchinson, A., Midgen, M. & Spiliadis, A. In Support of Research Into Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria. Archives of Sexual Behavior (2019)

Griffin, L., Clyde, K., Byng, R., & Bewley, S. (2020). Sex, gender and gender identity: A re-evaluation of the evidence. BJPsych Bulletin, 1-9.

Bewley S, McCartney M, Meads C, Rogers A. (2021) Sex, gender, and medical data BMJ (This article from the BMJ is behind a paywall, but the full text can be accessed here)

Entwhistle, K. (2020) Detransitioner’s testimonies require us to rethink gender dysphoria Child and Adolescent Mental Health

D’Angelo, R., Syrulnik, E., Ayad, S. et al. One Size Does Not Fit All: In Support of Psychotherapy for Gender Dysphoria. Arch Sex Behav 50, 7–16 (2021).

Biggs, M. Puberty Blockers and Suicidality in Adolescents Suffering from Gender Dysphoria. Archives of Sexual Behaviour 2021 (Again behind a paywall. Access can be found here)

Alessandra Lemma (2018) Trans-itory identities: some psychoanalytic reflections on transgender identities, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 99:5, 1089-1106,

Expert Submission of Dr Stephen Levine

If you are in need of more tailored support or have more questions about providing information to schools and healthcare providers, why not join Bayswater Support as a member?