Resources for Professionals

Mermaids provides the below resources and information as a reference point for professionals supporting a gender non-conforming or transgender young person. This information is provided as an introduction, and is not intended as a replacement to comprehensive diversity training, including guideance on how best to support gender-diverse children and young people.

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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"

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


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

HuffPost - Why bathroom access matters

The BMJ - What your GP should know

The Facts (about transgender kids) 



Health across the gender spectrum - Stanford University

Caring for Gender Non-Conforming Young People - GIRES

Single Sex Schools and Trans Pupils

GIRES online resource for GPs - Royal College of General Practitioners

This quicklink should take you to the summary page of the course and if you select ‘Start Gender Variance’ the page will route you through to a login page – if you are not registered with the eLearning Platform you are given the option to register for free after which you will be able to access the course (free of charge). Although the registration form asks for GMC or NMC number this is not a required field and can be left blank allowing anyone to access the course.


Non-binary information

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

Androgyne online

Transitioning while non-binary

Beyond the binary magazine



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)


Gender variant children and young people in care

LGBT Youth In Care - Toolkit


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

Rehab 4 Addiction - A free and confidential helpline for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction


Private Support

Michelle Bridgman, UKCP, BACP - Psychotherapist

Provider of private health care for transgender patients based in Abergavenny.


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

Changing details on the NHS

Changing the name on Exam Certificates