Fam­i­lies of trans­gen­der chil­dren face care bias

Daily Mail - - One Day To Go ... - By Steve Doughty So­cial Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent

SO­CIAL work­ers are bi­ased against fam­i­lies with trans­gen­der chil­dren, a Gov­ern­ment re­port said yes­ter­day.

It called for rules to pre­vent so­cial work­ers from la­belling par­ents as abusers if they en­cour­age their chil­dren in ‘gen­der vari­ance’.

The in­quiry, car­ried out for the Depart­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion, said: ‘The ev­i­dence sug­gests trans­gen­der peo­ple of­ten re­port hav­ing poor ex­pe­ri­ences within so­cial and care set­tings.’ It added that ‘child­hood gen­der dys­pho­ria re­mains poorly un­der­stood by so­cial work­ers, re­sult­ing in dis­crim­i­na­tion’.

The find­ings come at a time of grow­ing con­tro­versy over both the de­mands of the trans­gen­der rights lobby and the fail­ure by so­cial work­ers in a num­ber of ma­jor groom­ing gang scan­dals to act to pre­vent sexual abuse and ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren.

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