Resources for Parents

All information provided by external organisations signposted on this page is for reference purposes only, and does not constitute any form of recommendation, endorsement or guidance by Mermaids.

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Useful Videos

What is Gender?

All About Trans - Patchwork Stories

Victoria Derbyshire show "Lilly and Jessica"

CBBC My Life Series 6 Episode 1 - "I Am Leo"

It Gets Better - Parents of Transgender Children - PFLAG Support Group

TED talk by Norman Spack- Endocrinologist - talking about treating young people with gender dysphoria

BBC3's Transexual Teen, Beauty Queen

Podcast - How to be a girl - Daily Life With My Transgender Daughter


Useful articles

Understanding Children's Atypical Gender Behaviour

Mental Health of Transgender Children Who Are Supported in Their Identities - American Academy of Pediatrics

What should I do if I think I might be transgender - The Guardian

Really TV - Jackie's Story

HuffPost - Why bathroom access matters

The BMJ - What your GP should know

The Facts (about transgender kids) 

'Inside Out: Portraits Of Cross-Gender Children' Beautifully Documents Transgender Kids - HuffPost

What you need to know about parenting a transgender child - Yellowbrick Blog



Health across the gender spectrum - Stanford University

Caring for Gender Non-Conforming Young People - GIRES

Single Sex Schools and Trans Pupils



What is Neutrois? - Agender. Neutral-gender. Neither male nor female.

Androgyne online

Transitioning while non-binary

Beyond the binary magazine


Gender variant children and young people in care

LGBT Youth In Care - Toolkit



National LGB&T Partnership - Trans health factsheets


Child and Adolescent Services:

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) - The Tavistock & Portman Clinic

General Medical Council - NHS Treatment pathways & bridging prescriptions

The Sandyford Clinic (Scotland)

KOI - Knowing Our Identity (N. Ireland)


Over 17s

Adult Gender Clinic Waiting Times

The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health

Northants Gender Clinic

Royal College of Psychiatrists - Good practice guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria

Brackenburn Clinic (N. Ireland)


Private Support

Michelle Bridgman, Psychotherapist



GIRES Tranzwiki

Mindline Trans+ (Mind Bristol)

Gender Jam NI (Northern Ireland)

Sail NI (Northern Ireland)

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority - Fertility Preservation

LGBT Youth Scotland


Information About Reparative / Conversion therapy

UKCP - Memorandum of understanding against conversion therapy

Wikipedia: Controversy over conversion therapy

The Guardian article: Thank you, Obama, for condemning ‘conversion therapy’ for LGBT teens – by Paris Lees


Changing Names

Free Deedpoll

Name Change Guidance

Changing your child's details on the NHS

Under 16 Deed Poll Template (Joint PR)

Under 16 Deed Poll Template (Sole PR) 

Over 16 Deed Poll Template

Consent Letters

Simple Deed Poll Guidance

Organisations to Contact

Absent Parent Letter for Deed Poll



Underworks Binders

MORF Free Binder scheme

Gc2b binders