In a recent development, new guidelines have been proposed in the United Kingdom that require schools to inform parents if their children begin identifying with a different gender.
The Family First Party of Australia welcomes this development and urges Australian politicians to follow the example set by the UK.
This is in stark contrast to the Daniel Andrews Government in Victoria, which Family First condemns for making it education department policy to withhold such information from parents.
Lyle Shelton, Family First National Director, stated, “We believe that parents should be included in discussions about their child’s gender identity. It is crucial for parents to be informed and to participate in these important conversations, which can have a significant impact on their child’s well-being and development.”
The new guidelines in the UK, set to be finalized in the coming weeks, stipulate that families must be informed if students change names or uniforms.
Additionally, they recommend banning self-declared transgender students from opposite sex changing rooms and providing bespoke facilities where possible.
Family First praises this approach, emphasizing the importance of parental involvement in children’s lives.
Shelton added, “We applaud the UK for recognizing the importance of parental engagement and transparency. We urge Australian politicians to take similar action, ensuring that parents are not kept in the dark about their child’s experiences and decisions at school.”
The guidelines have been welcomed by UK politicians, including Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who stated that it was important for parents to “know what’s going on.”
A Policy Exchange think tank report found that less than a third of parents are informed when their child experiences gender distress at school, leading to concerns about the lack of emphasis on parental consent.
Family First contrasts this positive development with the Daniel Andrews Government in Victoria, which has been criticized for hiding such information from parents.
Family First will continue to advocate for transparency and parental involvement in their children’s lives, while condemning policies that undermine the crucial role that parents play in the well-being and development of their children.