Children as young as three are being referred to a clinic for transsexual treatment, the BBC has revealed.
The Victoria Derbyshire programme highlighted that in the past year three pre-school children have been referred to the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
They were among 167 kids under the age of ten to have been referred over the last twelve months.
Simon Calvert, Deputy Director for Public Affairs at The Christian Institute said the fact that children as young as three are being told they can ‘transition’ gender “proves this is to do with adult political ambitions and not with what is best for the children.
“There is no way that a three-year-old is capable of making such a life-changing choice.
“What we will see in years to come are young adults whose lives have been ruined because their parents and doctors who should have known better told them they needed to transition gender when they were just going through a childhood phase.”
A spokesman for the Trust claimed that young children are being seen because “something is going on in their lives that needs addressing”.
… this is to do with adult political ambitions and not with what is best for the children.Simon Calvert
The news follows evidence of a huge rise in the number of under-18s being referred to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
Last year there were 1,398 referrals, twice as many as the year before.
The number of referrals has risen by more than 1,000 per cent since records began in 2009/10.
Speaking to the BBC last month, a doctor at the Trust claimed that it is not up to people in the medical profession to “approve or disapprove” of people’s decisions to “alter their bodies”.
Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Bernadette Wren said the medical profession should facilitate the “social revolution” of transsexualism and then just wait to see how it turns out.