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New government conversion therapy report published

Today the government published research conducted by Dr Adam Jowett, chair of the British Psychological Society’s Sexualities Section, on conversion therapy alongside their planned consultation for a legislative ban on the practice.

29 October 2021

The report, ‘An assessment of the evidence on conversion therapy for sexual orientation and gender identity’, found that there is no ‘robust evidence’ that conversion therapy can change sexual orientation or gender identity and that it can lead to mental health issues for participants.  

Previously the society has urged the government to act with speed to outlaw conversion therapy practice, which is unethical, potentially harmful and not supported by evidence.

The society will now engage with its coalition partners on the Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy, BPS Sexualities Section, Practice Board and Diversity Taskforce to produce a response to the public consultation.

We encourage our members to make their own individual responses to the consultation if they so wish. 

Our official response will be published on the website in due course. 

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