Hot Topics in Child Health: Transgender and Gender Diverse Children and Adolescents

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This important event will seek to raise awareness and understanding of the particular clinical issues arising in the care of transgender and gender diverse children and adolescents.

With keynote speeches and plenaries from a multi-disciplinary panel, this conference will explore key areas such as gender dysphoria, intersex conditions, hormone treatment and surgical intervention, with analysis of the psychological impacts for patients and their families. 

Alongside clinical updates from leading experts Professor Gary Butler and Dr Polly Carmichael, the event will also touch on the social and support issues in relation to transgender children and young people. Peter Tatchell and Professor Stephen Whittle will make keynote addresses. 

A lively, educational and informative day for all who attend.

The RCPCH has approved this activity for CPD in accordance with the current RCPCH CPD Guidelines.

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  • Dr Polly Carmichael, Director, Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)
  • Professor Gary Butler, Professor and Consultant in Paediatric & Adolescent Medicine and Endocrinology, University College London & UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  • Professor Katherine Johnson, Reader in Psychology, Division of Psychology & Psychotherapy School of Applied Social Science - University of Brighton
  • Terry Reed, Trustee, Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
  • Dr Kelly Tilleman, PhD Quality Manager, Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent University Hospital 
  • Dr Mark-Bram Bouman, Plastic Surgeon, VU University Medical Center, Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria
  • Peter Tatchell, Human Rights Campaigner and Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation
  • Professor Stephen Whittle, Professor of Equalities Law, the Manchester Law School
  • Bernadette Wren Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Trust-wide Head of Psychology, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
  • Thomas D Steensma, Ph.D. VU University Medical Center, Center of Expertise on Gender Dysphoria
  • Dr Sarah Davidson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), & Panel of service users


  • Working with families: Mermaids
  • Working with local trans networks: Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)
  • Working with schools: Intercom Trust
  • Working with multiple agencies to promote integration: Dr Sarah Davidson (GIDS) and members of the specialist Gender Identity Development Service

Our position statement

RCPCH Position Statement for the Transgender and Gender Variant Children and Young People Conference (PDF)

Fees and booking

RCPCH Members - £145
Non-Members - £200
Charities - £160

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For further information or to discuss this event in more detail please contact Adam Sayward on 0207 092 6022 or email