Mental health care for children and adolescents experiencing gender dysphoria

23 September 2020

The College's Gender Dysphoria Steering Group is progressing its review of evidence-based mental health considerations and care for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, in order to provide advice to the Board.

The Steering Group comprises of representatives from relevant College committees, including: the Practice, Policy and Partnerships Committee (PPPC), the Committee for Evidence-Based Practice (CEBP), the Committee of the Section of Youth Mental Health (SYMH), the Committee of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (FACP) and the Faculty of Psychotherapy Committee (FPSY).

The review process also involves the consultation with all members of these committees in order to seek a broad range of views and experience in psychiatry for children, adolescents and adults.

In addition to this, the Steering Group has invited a small number of additional Fellows with specific expertise and experience from a range of jurisdictions to provide their insights and knowledge to the review, this is in line with independent peer review processes undertaken by the College Journals.

The process being undertaken will ensure that an extensive range of views has been sought, assessed and considered.

The College is mindful of the sensitivities around this topic and urges considered and respectful public discussion.