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Help and support services available as figures show increase in the number of young gender-diverse people seeking help

ITV News has seen figures which show a big rise in the number of young people referred to the NHS clinic which helps children with their gender identity.

97 children were referred to the Gender identity Development Service (GIDS) in the year 2009/10. That figure increased to 2,519 for 2017/18.

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rise in referrals to GIDS from 2009/10 to 2017/18

The GIDS is a highly specialised support group for young people presenting with difficulties with their gender identity development.

In the first of two special reports (transmitted: 14 February 2019), ITV Calendar has exclusive access to a support group for transgender children – some as young as 10.

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In Part Two (transmitted: 15 February 2019) we explore the viewpoint, held by some, that children aren't old enough to decide if this is the right pathway for them. We meet an 86-year-old transgender woman who does support these young people, but is encouraging caution.

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