The NHS’s Gender Identity Disorder Service treated 1,013 children, between April and December last year, a freedom of information request by The Sun revealed.
In 2010, just 97 cases were recorded. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, based in London, is the only clinic in the UK that provides such treatment. But as demand for the treatment increases the Trust may seek to offer treatment in their Leeds, Brighton and Exeter clinics.
At the clinic those under 18 years of age and their families are given counselling and, in some instances, hormone-blocking treatments.
Appearing on Sky News last year Christian Concern’s Campaigns Director Andrew Marsh said: “we need to engage with the underlying issues” of gender identity and “address the psychological and mental issues with compassion and care”.
In January national ‘gender identity’ group Mermaids claimed there were as many as 80 primary school age children a year expressing a desire to ‘change’ their gender. (click here to read more)