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Non-statutory trans schools guidance – consultation submission

On the 19th December 2023, the Government published draft non-statutory schools guidance for consultation and feedback. The consultation ran for 12 weeks.

As part of Galop’s policy, research and development work, we submit consultation responses in order to represent the voices of our services users, using data and research from our services.

For young LGBT+ people experiencing abuse at home, schools are a key place to seek help and support – and may be the only place where they are safe from their perpetrators.

The proposals in this guidance draft would take that safe space away from trans, non-binary and gender-questioning young people, and overemphasises the need to inform parents and carers rather than prioritise the safeguarding risk to the child.

For any person worried about the impact the post-consultation guidance may have, please be reassured that the LGBT+ charity sector is already uniting to stand against any attempts to erode the freedoms of young trans people.

Click the resource to download our consultation submission.