Primary school survey: ‘Are you comfortable in your gender?’

Picture1.png‘Do you feel the same inside as the gender you were born with?’

This question is couched in a multi-question survey which the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has been distributing to children as young as 10 years old. In ‘tick-the-box’ format, the question provides three answers to choose from: ‘girl’, ‘boy’, or ‘other’.

According to the NHS, the purpose of the question was to:

[Assist] teachers and healthcare workers to develop 'better ways to understand and support' youngsters who might have difficulty with their identities.

However, not only is it unclear how prompting children to make declarations about their gender assists teachers and healthcare workers to better understand and support young people suffering from gender dysphoria, parents were not informed of the contents of the survey and were not given the opportunity to object, or the ability to prepare for questions that their children might have as a result. The Daily Mail reports:

The survey, issued by the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, has come under fire from parents and MPs.

Lyndsey Simpson, from Leyland, said her ten-year-old daughter had been in 'a state' when she brought the questionnaire home from her Church of England school last week.

She said: 'I don't want someone putting into my daughter's head that she might not be happy with her own gender', adding that the head teacher of the school had not been aware the question was in the form.

Even politicians took their time to weigh in on the matter. In fact, Tory MP and former children’s minister, Tim Loughton, publicly expressed his displeasure with the situation:

At a time when children are growing up and having to deal with all sorts of challenges of the modern world, now they are being asked to confront their gender, which for many will be unsettling… forcing children to question whether they are the right gender so early on can be deeply destabilising.

The LGBT agenda is continuing to disregard parental consent,  introducing sensitive and difficult topics to children behind their backs. Surely we can do better for our kids than that?

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