Transgender Trend Statement on the Sunday Times Article 16/06/2019 Regarding Mermaids
The revelation in the Sunday Times that the charity Mermaids published online hundreds of private emails, some revealing personal details of children’s names and medical details, is one more indication of the organisation’s carelessness around the protection of children.
Concerns about Mermaids are not new. Any charity which works with children must be subject to the highest level of scrutiny and yet this has not happened. Instead, a charity which began as a support group for parents, has been enabled to act way beyond its level of competence and expertise through substantial government and lottery funding. Questions must be asked about organisational capture by a charity acting on the basis of an ideologically-driven belief not adequately supported by science, and in thrall to the panacea of drastic life-changing medical intervention.
There needs to be an investigation into how this group, with no medical qualifications, has been given the authority to influence the approach towards the most vulnerable children, both within schools and the NHS. The evidence of Mermaids’s communications with the Tavistock and the Equality and Human Rights Commission raises serious questions about how a controversial children’s charity is given undue influence behind the scenes.
This charity must be held to account on the same basis as any other charity working with vulnerable children. Their methods, and the belief underpinning them, must be held up to public scrutiny and not hidden behind the word ‘transgender’ or the acronym ‘LGBT’ by agencies more concerned with the protection of their social justice credentials than in the welfare and safeguarding of children.
Mermaids has been enabled to operate within a protected and unaccountable bubble of ideological untouchability which they have fortified with shouts of ‘transphobia’ to silence anyone who dares to approach anywhere near, referring even to the Sunday Times article as “this latest hostile and transphobic article” in their press statement in response.* This is not acceptable practice for any charity whose remit is the support and protection of vulnerable children; it creates a highly dangerous loophole wherein normal standards of safeguarding, child protection and duty of care do not apply.
The wholly inadequate review of the Mermaids Big Lottery funding application is a case in point in its failure to examine the evidence submitted by people with concerns, instead relying on the testimony of the Mermaids CEO, Susie Green, as evidence for their suitability to receive £500,000 of public money.
It is when organisations or individuals appear to be above scrutiny that scandals occur, such as that around the disgraced Kids Company. Lessons must be learned from such cases. It is too late to notice red flag warnings in retrospect.
It is now time for a serious investigation by the Charities Commission into the activities of Mermaids. Big Lottery funding should be suspended immediately pending the results of a proper inquiry.
Action needs to be taken now and to this end, as a matter of urgency, we call on the government for an immediate moratorium on all scientifically questionable ‘gender identity’ teaching within schools.
*This statement has since been deleted. The amended press statement can be viewed here.