Archbishop of Canterbury affirms trans guidance for children – Christian Concern

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has rejected calls to scrap the Church of England’s transgender guidance which affirms children as young as five in gender confusion.

In an open letter to the Archbishop, Christian parents Nigel and Sally Rowe had called on the Church of England (CofE) to urgently scrap its  ‘Valuing All God’s Children’ (VAGC) guidance which covers 4,700 CofE primary schools. The letter was sent following the Rowes’ legal victory against the Department for Education (DfE) in September 2022, which led to a £22,000 settlement for legal costs and a commitment from the government to reform its transgender policies.

As part of the case, the parents presented international expert evidence to the DfE which revealed how trans affirming policies lead to ‘catastrophic outcomes’ for gender-confused children.

Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, the Rowes had taken legal action against the DfE after they and their six-year-old son were labelled ‘transphobic’ by a CofE primary school  on the Isle of Wight for refusing to ‘believe’ in transgender affirming policies.

The Rowes made clear in their letter to Justin Welby that when they raised concern with the CofE’s Portsmouth Diocesan Board of Education in 2017, the VAGC guidance was used to dismiss and shut down their complaints. The Rowes raised alarm that the CofE was continuing to endorse the VAGC guidance which they said  says that children as young as five years old should be affirmed by Church of England schools if they wish to identify as the opposite sex (page 20).

This year, then Attorney General, Suella Braverman, stated that such a trans affirming approach taken by the school and the Church of England, is not supported by law.

A petition calling for the guidance to be scrapped has since been signed by over 15,000 people.

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Archbishop of Canterbury affirms trans guidance for children – Christian Concern

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