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BPS statement on comments by Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett on RSE in schools

02 April 2019

Sarb Bajwa, Chief Executive of the British Psychological Society, said:


“The British Psychological Society is extremely concerned about the views expressed by psychologist Dr Kate Godfrey-Faussett which are in direct conflict with our values. Respect, equality, tolerance and a non-judgemental approach are the bedrock of good psychological practice and are the values that we know the vast majority of psychologists embrace day in, day out.


As a result of our concerns, we have referred Dr Godfrey-Faussett to her regulator, the HCPC, as we feel her comments have the potential to undermine the public’s confidence in the psychology profession.  We are also conducting our own investigation which could result in Dr Godfrey-Faussett being removed from our membership.


As a major signatory to the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK, the BPS believes Dr Godfrey-Faussett’s comments are unethical and potentially harmful and go against our commitment to ensure that no sexual orientation or gender identity is portrayed as inherently preferable to any other.”




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