Dare to Debate

Is society letting down trans children? will no longer take place

Our Dare to Debate seminars are designed to provoke debate about serious issues facing children today – child protection issues that might not otherwise get the focus that they deserve.

The next debate in the series was intended to shine a light on the difficulties and problems that trans children face in the UK, to ask whether society is doing enough to help them and discuss what more can and should be done.

Children and young people are increasingly raising concerns about trans issues and gender dysphoria. Many trans children have felt that they aren't getting the support that they need and we wanted to explore how these young people could be more supported within our communities.

However, the trans community have raised concerns and told us that they don't support the NSPCC hosting this discussion. We have listened, and following the withdrawal of a keynote speaker, we are no longer hosting this event.

Anyone worried about a child can call the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000, 24 hours a day. And children who need help with trans, or any other issues, can call Childline on 0800 1111.

Transgender identity

Transgender describes people who feel that the sex they were assigned at birth doesn't match how they feel inside. Childline's here to give you help and support if you ever need it.

Visit the Childline website

Call the NSPCC helpline

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support.

Call us or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

0808 800 5000

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