'Rising numbers of children are seeking help from a charity as they are confused about their gender.
Mermaids, which is Britain’s only nationwide charity for transgender and ‘gender diverse’ children, says it has seen a nearly 700 per cent rise in calls and emails in three years.
Calls to and from children and their families have leapt from 199 a year to more than 1,700, according to the charity. Emails sent in have risen from 296 to more than 2,200. It comes as growing numbers of young people are sharing their stories of changing sex on websites such as YouTube – leading others to question their own gender identity.
A training manager at Mermaids, who did not want to be named, said at a conference held by the Royal Society of Medicine last week: ‘Children are accessing YouTube channels and they are self-identifying at a much younger age.
‘Now young people are recognising someone, hearing what they are saying – they are able to say, “That’s me, that’s who I am”.’
The figures from Mermaids include phone calls both to and from the charity. The numbers mirror the rise in numbers of children being sent to specialists because of gender confusion. Almost 2,000 have been seen by doctors in the past year, according to the Gender Identity Development Service.'
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