Transgender Guidance - Children
When children and young people’s understanding of their own gender differs from the expectations of those around them, this can be very challenging and young people and their families can experience high levels of distress. Some studies find trans young people to be at an increased risk of self- harm and suicide. Therefore, there is a moral imperative to ensure effective support.
Gender is complicated and multi-faceted and can be best understood as being a spectrum rather than necessarily needing to be a binary choice between male or female. Developing a positive sense of gender identity is an important part of growing up for all children and young people. It is essential that educational settings develop pupil and student understanding of the spectrum of gender identity and provide support to trans, gender questioning and non-binary pupils, students and staff.
There are many different ways to be trans and talking with the child or young person, and if appropriate, family members to find out what they want and need will be a guiding principle.
Practice to support trans children and young people should be embedded across policies and curriculum and build on best practice already in place. This will help schools meet the Public Sector Duty of the Equality Act and eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations.
The Trans Inclusion Schools Toolkit has been produced to Support trans, non-binary and gender questioning children and young people in educational settings.