The Trans Inclusion Toolkit, which was published in November 2019, has been an important part of Oxfordshire County Council’s work to safeguard children and young people. Created in partnership with multiple stakeholders with safeguarding responsibilities, the guidance is designed to help schools support young people who are trans or gender questioning.
We understand that the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is planning to issue its own guidance on transgender rights. As we will be adopting this new national guidance, we have taken the decision to withdraw our Toolkit. We will also be withdrawing from the judicial review of the Toolkit that was due to be held in the coming months.
Although we have taken the decision to withdraw the Toolkit, we will continue to prioritise support for young people and schools in dealing with the safeguarding concerns which our guidance originally sought to address.
We will continue to support young people and schools through a range of services within education. Additionally, our children’s social care teams provide support to individual children and young people, to schools, and in other settings such as to pre-school and childminders.
We are very much aware of the challenges faced by young people who feel they are not the gender they were assigned at birth. We will do our utmost to safeguard these potentially vulnerable young people and help the schools who support them as part of our critical safeguarding work.