‘New Tavistock’ cancels Mermaids training after backlash

Feb 2, 2023 by

from The Christian Institute:

An NHS trust has scrapped staff training by the controversial trans-activist group Mermaids following an outcry from medics.

The group is currently under investigation by the Charity Commission but was due to run training sessions at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM).

The Trust is set to assume responsibility for specialist mental health support from the soon-to-be-closed Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).


SLaM is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and will provide specialist mental health services in partnership with Great Ormond Street and Evelina London Children’s Hospitals under the new model.

It booked a number of Mermaids training sessions ahead of its expected takeover of gender identity services in the spring, prompting the medics who exposed GIDS to raise serious concerns.

Dr Marcus Evans, a former consultant psychotherapist at the Tavistock, said: “The old service system is discredited.

“We need a completely different approach that avoids preoccupation with gender to the exclusion of all other facets of the family, child and young person’s personality and development.”

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