Gender neutral toilets could be brought in to Brighton schools thanks to council proposal

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Schools in Brighton could have “toilets for everyone” installed in order to support transgender children and young people in education settings. Under the new guidance it is stated that educational settings “should provide pupils and students with a mixture of access to toilets”. It suggests this should include “blocks of ceiling cubicle toilets that can be used by all, with bins for menstrual products in each cubicle (‘toilets for everyone’)”.

The Toolkit states that single sex toilets for boys and girls will not be removed but trans pupils should have the option of using toilets appropriate to their gender identity.

The use of gender neutral toilets by trans pupils will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and the guidance asks schools to consider the fact that accessing the toilet which corresponds to a trans pupils gender identity can be extremely important.

Research undertaken by the council found that trans children and young people would rather opt for a gender neutral toilet for fear of bullying or harassment rather than a large multi occupancy single sex facility.

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Councillor Hannah Clare, chairwoman of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee, said: “This is an important element of work to ensure all pupils in our city’s schools feel safe and supported.

“Supporting trans children is just one vital part of continued efforts to tackle any form of discrimination.

“We want all pupils to feel comfortable in their own skin so they can make the most of all that education offers and flourish into being the very best version of themselves.

“Many of our schools are already working to ensure that their environment and curriculum celebrates all children and their families. This Toolkit provides guidance on how to ensure trans members of the community feel equally welcome, represented and safe in our city.”

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