NHS says most trans children are going through a ‘phase’ – NHS – RT World News
Gender incongruity usually does not persist into adolescence, according to new draft guidance from England’s National Health Service
England’s National Health Service (NHS) has warned doctors about the risks of « an inappropriate gender transition » and said that « in most of the cases » self-association with another sex is only one « transitional phasein child development.
In new draft guidelines, published last week and seen by the Daily Mail, the NHS urges healthcare professionals to consider the risks of so-called “social change » – in which a child lives in a gender other than their biological sex but without taking puberty blockers or hormones. It should be a « last resort » even for older children, he says.
« The clinical approach must be aware of the risks of an inappropriate gender transition and the difficulties that the child may encounter in returning to the original gender role at the onset of puberty if the gender incongruity does not persist. not in adolescence, said the guide, quoted by the media.
The guidelines, according to the newspaper, were issued as part of the NHS plan to shut down the controversial Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust Clinic – the UK’s only children’s gender identity clinic.
The draft opinion stresses that ‘social transition’ should not be seen as a ‘neutral act’ as it could have serious implications for a child’s psychology.
« Social transition should only be considered when the approach is necessary to alleviate or prevent clinically significant distress or significant impairment in social functioning and the young person is able to fully understand the implications of asserting social transition.“, would have indicated the guide.
Earlier this month, Reuters, also referring to the NHS proposals, revealed that new guidelines for the treatment of trans young people impose stricter rules on puberty blockers such as drugs on prescription, which suppress the body’s release of hormones and which are sometimes dispensed to children with gender dysphoria. Children who buy these controversial drugs through private clinics may be subject to « safeguard protocols », said Reuters.
The guidelines did not provide details of these protocols but, Reuters notes, the NHS « backup teams » include representatives of the police, medical and social services.
Referrals to the Tavistock Clinic have soared from 210 a decade ago to over 5,000 patients in the last financial year. The wait time to see gender care professionals is now around three years, Reuters said.
Given the « urgent need » for gender identity services, the NHS is committed to finalizing its guidance and putting in place a new system of care for transgender children as soon as possible.
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