Safeguarding Trans-identified Children and Young People

The following links are provided to compliment our training presentation. If you would like to know more about the training we can provide to health, education and other professionals, please get in touch.

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Download Our Safeguarding Guide

Top Ten Tips For When a Child Says They Are Trans

Gender Identity: the Tip of The Iceberg? Infographic Download

Links to Further Reading and Resources

Download Our Full Safeguarding Guide

Download our full guide, including risk assessment tool and documentation for schools. This resources is designed to be read by parents as well as education, health and social care professionals.

Top Ten Tips for when a child says they are trans

Follow this link to read our Top Ten Tips for parents whose children have a trans identity. Read the full article, or download shorter versions to print or share.

Gender Identity: The Tip of The Iceberg?

Gender dysphoria is complex and multifactorial. Immediate affirmation of a child’s attested trans identity may obscure the background circumstances that led to this conclusion. Child and adolescent trans identity — the tip of the iceberg?

We have produced this infographic to illustrate the complexity of what lies beneath the surface when a child, adolescent or young adult discloses a transgender identity. Often, immediate affirmation of the new identity takes place, which can inadvertently overshadow the many and varied background circumstances which may have led to this conclusion.

Clinicians, teachers and other clinical staff, together with social care workers and other allied professionals should always be mindful that a trans identity is rarely a stand-alone declaration to be simply taken at face value. Ignoring the underlying issues puts at risk the safeguarding of a vulnerable group of children and young people.

Regardless of identity, all young people deserve to be safeguarded and no child should be removed from safeguarding frameworks.

Further Resources

To further your knowledge, we have provided links to various external organisations  who provide support, information or services that may be of help or interest.

The Cass Review Interim Report

An independent review of gender identity services for children, chaired by former head of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Dr Hilary Cass.

NHS England MindEd Training Modules

NHS endorsed training on gender incongruence for parents, educational professionals and healthcare staff.

Society for Evidence Based Gender Medicine

Association of Professionals evaluating current evidence in gender medicine.

The Charlie Waller Trust

Charity providing mental health resources and support to young people and their families.