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Holistic approach to gender questioning children and young people
  1. Camilla C Kingdon
  1. Neonatology, Evelina London Children's Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Camilla C Kingdon, Neonatology, Evelina London Children's Hospital, London SE1 7EH, UK; Camilla.Kingdon{at}

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When I stepped into the presidency of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in May 2021, I was aware that my friend and colleague, Dr Hilary Cass, was undertaking an independent review of Gender Identity Services for children and young people, commissioned by National Health Service (NHS) England. As a neonatologist, I realised that this was not an area where I had any clinical expertise, but I recognised that it was going to be crucial for me to develop my knowledge and understanding of gender questioning children and young people. In the last three years, I have learnt a huge amount about this topic, and while I cannot pretend to be an expert, I have come to realise why we collectively need to understand the needs of these children and young people better and work together to support their health and well-being, as we would with any of our patients.

I will be honest and say I set about improving my knowledge of gender identity with some amount of fear and trepidation. We all know what a divisive topic this has become. As someone who is committed to ensuring equity of access to healthcare for all children and young people, and having made a priority of addressing diversity and inclusion one of my primary goals as college president, I recognised that I needed to conquer my fears and learn from the experts around me. I was helped …

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