Trans teens under 16 can get puberty blockers if they understand treatment

Trans children under the age of 16 can only consent to puberty blockers if they understand the nature of the treatment, a High Court has ruled.

One legal challenge was brought forward against Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service for children, by Keira Bell, 23, who began taking puberty blockers before she was 16 and later detransitioned.

Another was also brought forward by the mother of an autistic girl, 16, who is on the waiting list for treatment.

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