Facilitating the social transition of a trans female adolescent in a secure children's home: Opportunities and challenges in the youth justice system

Background

The UK 2015 Parliamentary Women and Equalities Committee on Transgender Equality report makes over 30 recommendations in a wide range of policy areas, including on care for children and adolescents as well as on adults in... [ view full abstract ]

Aim(s)

This paper explores the opportunities and challenges associated with the process of working with staff in a secure children’s home, to facilitate the social transition of a trans female adolescent for the first time. [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

This paper is a case study of the work undertaken by the UK’s child and adolescent Gender Identity Development Service with a trans female adolescent who was held on a custodial sentence in a secure children’s home for 18... [ view full abstract ]

Results

The young person achieved her goal of leaving the children’s home having made a social transition to her preferred gender. Staff were empowered to use their experiences to examine and develop relevant policies within the... [ view full abstract ]

Conclusion

Policy and practice implications around working with trans young people in secure settings in the criminal justice system are discussed. These include issues around name changes, the possibilities for gender expression, and... [ view full abstract ]

Authors

Anna Churcher Clarke (The Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust), Garry Richardson (The Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Children and adolescents

Session

OS-2BB » Children & Adolescents IIb: Challenges in Transgender Care for Youth (11:00 - Friday, 7th April, Adriatic)