Following the threat of legal action, Oxfordshire County Council have decided that they will withdraw their trans toolkit and withdraw from the proposed judicial review.
Safe Schools Alliance UK welcome the news that the ‘Trans Inclusion Toolkit’ has been withdrawn by Oxfordshire County Council after the High Court ruled that it was “arguable that it was unlawful”. However, they warn that versions of the ‘Toolkit’ are still in place as ‘official guidance’ in many local authorities and schools.
They say that the problems the teenage girl raised in her case against OCC will not go away for many children around the country. They are advising all authorities to reflect on flaws in their own policies.
The claimant, a 13-year-old Oxfordshire girl who cannot be named for legal reasons said: “The toolkit has a very significant impact on me as a girl. I am very surprised that the council never asked the opinion of girls in Oxfordshire about what we thought before they published the toolkit. Under these guidelines I have no right to privacy from the opposite sex in changing rooms, loos or on residential trips. The guidance makes me feel that my desire for privacy, dignity, safety and respect is wrong. It makes me feel sad, powerless and confused. I recently did my level 1 safeguarding course for guider training and I don’t understand how allowing boys and girls to share private spaces is okay.”https://safeschoolsallianceuk.net/2020/02/05/occjudicialreview/