Children: Gay Conversion Therapy

Department for Education written question – answered on 30th September 2020.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect of conversion therapy on children.

Photo of Vicky Ford Vicky Ford The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The government has committed to end conversion therapy and is exploring both legislative and non-legislative action to end this abhorrent practice. These practices degrade lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and can isolate them from their families, this is of course a particular concern for children and young people. Where these practices are not already unlawful, we will examine the best ways to prevent them being conducted, without sending them underground.

This work is led by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) and they are engaging widely before bringing forward proposals. This includes discussions between officials at the GEO and the Department for Education. The GEO will set out next steps in due course to ensure that the actions taken by government are proportionate and effective.

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