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The moment I knew something was wrong at the Tavistock


A damning report last year from Dr Hilary Cass into the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) found that it was putting children at “considerable risk”. Her full report is due to be published later this year.

Whistleblower Dr Anna Hutchinson, a senior clinical psychologist at GIDS, describes when she realised something was very wrong.

“I just couldn’t comfortably keep being part of a process that was, I felt, putting children — but also my colleagues — at risk,” Hutchinson explains. Faced with no discernible action from the executive, staff began to look for other ways to raise their concerns, to other people who might listen — and act. Hutchinson approached the Tavistock’s Freedom to Speak Up guardian. At least four other colleagues did the same in 2017. That same year, another four clinicians took their concerns outside GIDS to the children’s safeguarding lead for the Tavistock trust."

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Source: The Times, 13 February 2023

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