Thank you for contacting me about proposals to ban conversion therapy (CT).
The Government has introduced the Conversion Therapy Bill which it believes will strengthen existing criminal law by ensuring that violent conversion therapy is recognised as a potential aggravating factor upon sentencing, as well as making sure those found guilty of conversion therapy offences have any profit obtained from those crimes removed. Further, the Government argues that the Bill will protect freedom of speech, ensuring parents, clinicians and teachers can continue to have conversations with people seeking support.
The Bill does not include a commitment to ban transgender conversion therapy; this is to ensure that any legislative measures brought forward will not have any unintended consequences. I understand that this is a legally complex area, and the Government has a responsibility to ensure that these unintended consequences are not written into legislation, particularly in the case of under eighteens. It is essential to make sure that children and young people are properly supported and protected when considering changing their gender.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Craig Whittaker MP