Yesterday I learned with horror that one Social Service's worker had decided (no doubt with the blessing of her bosses) that a 7 year old transgender girl be taken away from her mother together with her other child because they regarded it as child abuse that the mother had allowed her daughter to transition. They want to force the child to be raised as a boy.
I simply cannot understand the reasoning behind this. Transsexualism is a recognised medical condition in the UK, so this social worker who will lack the necessary medical skills to diagnose if the child has gender dysphoria, was allowed by her superiors and then backed by a court order, to forcibly remove those children from the mother's care. It would appear that there was no consultation with qualified medical professionals who are fully cognisant with gender variant or transgender children.
Fortunately the mother did contact Press for Change, an organisation which provides legal help for trans* people who need advice and assistance and she was also put in contact with a qualified social worker who has specialist knowledge in this field who is helping her to get her children returned to her. Another organisation, Mermaids, a UK national charity which helps transgender children and their families is also providing support for the mother.
The Social Services in this country are in a right mess, in a recent case they ignored all the signs when a small boy was being beaten and starved to death by his evil parents, yet they take away two young children who are loved and cared for by their mother. It is completely outrageous that this has been allowed to happen.
As I have mentioned elsewhere in this blog, it would be child abuse if the mother deliberately made her child
suffer the torment of going through puberty and then when they
transitioned at a later date have to undergo painful and extensive
treatments (eg laser/electrolysis to remove facial hair) and quite
complicated and often dangerous surgeries (eg Facial Feminization
A mother's love should be unconditional and by allowing her child to express who she feels herself to be is not abuse, especially in light of this being a known medical condition.
Hopefully, with the help from other organisations, this mother will soon be re-united with her children and will update the blog when I have any further news of this.
Disclaimer: The views in this blog are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect the view of the mother. I would also like to point out that the majority of people who work in social services and child protection are conscientious, hard working people.