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SAPHNA’s response to today’s publication of the Cass review

SAPHNA fully support the robust and sensitive report with a much-needed primary focus on expanding services across the country; there are so many children and young people awaiting assessment, some for years; this must urgently change. The waits and uncertainty are causing additional emotional distress affecting their schooling, attendance, attainment, socialising, confidence, resulting in bullying, stigmatisation, and much more. An improved sound evidence base on puberty blockers, psychological therapies and informed choice is also welcome. The School and Public Health Nurses Association had opportunity to discuss the Cass review with Dr Hilary who openly listened, heard and reflects this in her sensitive report. We hope we will be considered as part of the ongoing recommended  ‘consortium’ of experts to help inform training, materials and additional expertise required.


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