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Gender dysphoria in children and young people - what goes on at the Gender Identity Development Service?

Posted On: 17 Jul 2019   |   Posted By: Science Media Centre

When children and young people feel distress about their gender identity, how are they supported? The number of referrals to services for these young people have been increasing worldwide over the last few years.
The Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is the only NHS-funded clinic in Britain for children and young people with Gender Dysphoria. This topic has been in and out of the news headlines, and is seen as controversial in some quarters. Criticism from some individuals and groups suggests clinics act too quickly to diagnose and offer treatment, while young people and their families seeking help, and other campaign groups, have been critical that the process is too slow and that waiting lists are too long.
To try and step away from the politics, and focus instead on the science and evidence, we've invited experts from the Gender Identity Development Service , the only NHS-funded service of its kind, to speak to science and health journalists...

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