& # 39; Highly politicized & # 39; transgender groups put children at risk and school principals and mental bosses bend over pressure for fears that they will be branded transphobically, expert warns
- Pro-trans groups put pressure on experts in mental health care, says Marcus Evans
- Believes that children with gender dysphoria do not receive objective treatment
- The psychologist said: & # 39; political agenda has breached clinical environment & # 39;
Providers of mental health care for children and school councilors are afraid of being transphobically labeled by pro-trans groups, as a result of which they overlook the interests of the patient, says a gender psychotherapist.
Marcus Evans, psychotherapist and former governor of the only trust of the NHS in a Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), said the pressure of the & # 39; highly politicized & # 39; pro-trans groups influence the way mental health care providers treat children.
Fear of being transphobically labeled by pro-trans groups is leading experts who provide counseling and transitional services to lose objectivity in counseling children with gender dysphoria, Mr. Evans said.
Evans writes: & # 39; A leaked internal report had branded the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) at The Tavistock Center, the only NHS youth clinic in England, & # 39; & # 39; unsuitable for the purpose & # 39; & # 39;
Speaking to The Observer, Mr. Evans said: & # 39; I believe the trans-political agenda has violated the clinical environment around and within the gender identity development service & # 39 ;,
Evans, who ruled at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in North London, added: & Young people need an independent clinical service that focuses on the patient's long-term interests.
The psychologist warns that children who question their gender identity should be equipped with the means to resist pressure, whether it comes from their friends, family & # 39; social media network pressure & # 39; or & # 39; highly politicized pro-trans groups & # 39 ;.
Marcus Evans from Beckenham Kent, the former governor of The Tavistock Center
The use of gender identity development services in the UK is increasing year after year, with the number of children referred to the Tavistock Center increasing from 468 in 2013 to 2,519 in 2018, an increase of more than 400 percent.
In the Daily Mail, Mr. Evans writes: & # 39; It goes without saying that the field of mental health – and in particular with regard to gender dysphoria – is very complex.
& # 39; The service (Tavistock Center) was accused of being too quick to give children and young people medical treatment (hormone-blocking drugs).
& # 39; Treatment with unknown far-reaching consequences and which, without sufficient research into the child's feelings and motives, can have devastating lifelong effects on their identity and development. & # 39;
Add: & # 39; Adolescence and youth are a time when people develop socially and biologically; when young people identify with different groups, and with male and female aspects of themselves.
& # 39; There is pressure from the child in a state of emergency, there is pressure from the family and the peer group and from the pro-trans lobby & # 39; s – and all this puts pressure on the clinician, who is the individual may want to help resolve their ailing condition by going along with a quick fix.
& # 39; A lot is at stake here, because these decisions have long-term consequences. & # 39;
What is the Tavistock Center?
The Tavistock Center, in the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in North London, is the only NHS clinic that offers gender identity development services in the UK.
The center treats children with gender dysphoria from the age of 12 with counseling and transition therapies to prepare them for a sex change.
Drug treatment can stop the onset of puberty and prevent children from developing the sexual characteristics of the gender they were born if they want.
Young people referred to the Gender Identity Development Service of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London undergo about six sessions to assess whether they are trans.
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