FFLAG is disappointed and deeply concerned by the Judgment handed down on 1 December in the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) Judicial Review. We know that this is causing immense anxiety and distress to trans children and their families. This judgment places a barrier on essential healthcare to trans children, which our other children do not face.
GIDS is a specialist service which offers a safe and supportive environment to families with children exploring their gender identity. We trust the expert clinicians and know that discussion and psychological support are the main elements of treatment. These important decisions for our children’s safety and wellbeing are not rushed; the approach is cautious and considered and only a minority of those referred access puberty blockers. The waiting lists for a first appointment are currently around two years. Further delays and obstacles to treatment will harm our children.
We welcome the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust’s stated intention to appeal this ruling. We will not stand by whilst those who most need care and support are discriminated against and we continue to offer support to families with a trans member.