A prominent trustee of a leading gender research charity has said it is fundamental children get support for issues relating to gender identity
This comes as new figures show a record number of children are being referred to gender realignment clinics per week.
Up to 50 kids are now being seen by specialists each week, according to figures obtained by The Mirror.
Bernard Reed, a Trustee of the Gender Identity Research and Education Society, said there's a very through process involved at these clinics.
He told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "With young people you don’t need to offer physical treatments until they get to puberty.
"So prior to that, there’s a lot of listening, supporting, and respecting. With gender identity, it’s just as innate as being left or right-handed.
"These young children know who they are. The question is how do you react? "
"You don’t react by banning them from expressing themselves, you listen and that’s very important to what they’re saying."