Conversion Therapy: Gender Recognition

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 26 November 2021.

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Photo of Alicia Kearns Alicia Kearns Conservative, Rutland and Melton

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Government's consultation on Banning conversion therapy, published on 29 October 2021, and the consultation document which states that the proposals do not alter the existing clinical regulatory framework or the independence of regulated clinicians working within their professional obligations, if the Government will commit to ensuring that a forthcoming ban on conversion therapy will protect access to healthcare for transgender people who are under 18 years old.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (Minister for Equalities)

It is important that people are able to have open and explorative conversations that allow them to come to the right decision for themselves. People who are transgender or are exploring their transgender status, including under 18s, will remain able to access the support they need from qualified health professionals without change. Our proposed approach to banning conversion therapy will complement the existing clinical regulatory framework and not override the independence of clinicians to offer support in line with professional obligations. We will work with the relevant authorities to ensure that our legislative interventions operate effectively, with no unintended impact on clinical practitioners.

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