A three-year-old boy has transitioned into a girl after he was sent to live with couple whose son had changed gender to a girl at the age of seven.
The parents of two transgender children were investigated at a hearing after the three year old boy they fostered transitioned into a girl, just months after their biological son had legally become a female at the age of seven, reports Mailonline.
A hearing revealed how the couple’s youngest foster child had been sent to school in girl’s clothes despite the school ‘expressly asking’ them to stop doing so.
The middle-aged couple, known as CP and TP, were investigated by Lancashire county council’s social services after fears arose that they had ‘manipulated’ the children’s gender by ‘actively encouraging’ them to change, reports The Sunday Times.
A third child fostered by the couple is also believed to have experienced ‘gender issues’ after staying with the couple.
However a closed hearing at Preston family court last month saw the claims dismissed by judge.
Mr Justice Williams granted the parents permission to continue caring for the children after experts deemed them good parents with happy children.
The judge said: ‘The evidence from almost all sources of how the children are prospering in the care of CP and TP provides very powerful support to the contention that CP and TP are good parents’, reported The Sunday Times.
Harley Street gender expert Vickie Pasterski said the children’s gender dysphoria could not have resulted from ‘interpersonal influence or environmental interference’ and was not due to any actions by the parents.
Mr Justice Williams said Ms Pasterski had made ‘compelling rebuts’ that made it ‘overwhelmingly obvious that neither [of the children] have suffered or are at risk of suffering significant emotional harm arising from their complete social transition to females occurring at a very young age’, reported The Sunday Times.
However this view is not not supported by the NHS’s gender identity development service (Gids) clinic, known as London’s Tavistock centre – where one of the children is believed to have been treated.
Bernadette Wren, head of clinical psychology at the Tavistock, recently warned against early transitions being confirmed with a name change and other legal paperwork.
Writing in an academic journal Ms Wren said: ‘Younger gender-atypical children are likely to be more easily influenced by their parents’ view about gender, even to the point of assuming an absolute, long term commitment to a binary gender identity and a social transition.
‘We would prefer that young children (below 10 years of age, say), while receiving plenty of genuine support and affirmation for their gender preferences … not make a full, legally confirmed social transition to the ‘other’ sex at a young age’.
The findings published last week detailed how R, now 13, their youngest biological child, transitioned from boy to girl at the age of seven.
Her parents immediately changed her name by deed poll ordering her a new passport to legally confirm her new identity as a girl.
Despite this R was believed to be unhappy at school, telling a teacher that ‘she did not think life was worth living’, reports The Sunday Times.
Months later a three-year-old boy, H, who came into the family’s care as a toddler, was ‘being dressed in girls’ clothes’.
When H attended school the following year at the age of four the school ‘requested H attend in a boy’s uniform’ only to find their request ignored by the family when the child came to school in a girl’s uniform.
Another child, C, was admitted to hospital five times in three years, sustaining ‘a greater number of significant injuries than would be expected for a child of his age’ found the investigation.