Statement about the Trans Toolkit

The OxfordshireSafeguarding Children Board recently published an updated version of guidance for schools on handling trans issues. Following the threat of a legal challange to the process for revising the toolkit and its contents backed the Safe Schools Alliance, Oxfordshire County Council issued the following statement:

"We are aware of the challenges faced by young people who feel they are not the gender they were assigned at birth. We also know that schools and other organisations are working hard to support these young people.

While we acknowledge this is a difficult and emotive area, we are confident the revised toolkit will provide helpful guidance to schools looking to support this potentially vulnerable group of young people. We utterly refute the suggestion that we are failing to safeguard children.

As part of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board, we have recently worked with national experts and people who identify as trans to review the Trans Toolkit to enable organisations working with children and young people to provide effective support. This review confirmed the fundamental substance of the previous guidance, and has led to some improvements, which have been fully and unanimously approved by members of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board.

The Safe Schools Alliance did make representation to the Safeguarding Board and the County Council about the previous toolkit.

We have just received a legal letter asking for details of how the guidance to schools was formulated. A response to that letter is being considered."