Hannah Barnes’ book Time to Think is a forensic examination of the care provided to vulnerable young people at the NHS’s flagship gender clinic for children. The book exposes how safeguarding concerns got lost as professionals came under pressure to affirm children’s identity and prescribe puberty blockers.
It is meticulously evidenced based on internal documents, legal testimonies and hundreds of hours of interviews with clinicians, patients and parents.
The Tavistock’s Gender Identity Service is now closing, but the pressures that led to it putting thousands of children onto an experimental medical pathway have not abated. The government is considering a new law to outlaw “conversion therapy” which risks making it even harder for therapists to question a child’s self-diagnosis.
We want to make sure that the book is read by senior leaders of the medical schools that have signed up to the GLADD Medical Schools Charter and of the professional bodies that have signed the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK.
Sponsor a copy
We are looking for 100 people to sponsor a copy to send to the leaders of these bodies, as well as to key politicians. If you donate £18.50 today we will get the book in the post with a letter.
UPDATE 8:30pm: We have had quite a few good suggestions for other people to send it to – so we have stretched the target to 120 books.
UPDATE 9pm: Amazing. We have reached our total and turned off the donation form.
You can still donate to Sex Matters, of course. Your donations will help us follow up and make sure the books get to the people who need to read them.
You can also continue to tell us using the form below if you have medical school (or University Vice Chancellor) connections that could help.
Help us get it read!
Just as important as getting the book into the right people’s hands is making sure it is read.
If you have a professional connection to these medical schools or professional organisations and would be willing to follow up with a personal letter and a request for a meeting please let us know by filling in the form below
GLADD Charter Medical Schools
University of Aberdeen
Barts and Queen Mary
University of Birmingham
Brighton and Sussex
University of Bristol
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
Hull York Medical School
Kent and Medway
King’s College London
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
Lincoln Medical School
Peninsula Medical School
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Sunderland
University of Central Lancashire
University of Warwick
MOU signing professional bodies
Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
Association of Christians in Counselling and Linked Professions
British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
British Association of Drama Therapists (BADTH)
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
British Psychological Society (BPS)
College of Sex and Relationship Therapists (COSRT)Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
Psychological Professions Network
Psychotherapy and Counselling Union (PCU)
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Psychiatrists
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)