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Conversion therapy

At the Trust, we are committed to ensuring that all of our services are provided in a safe, fair and non-discriminative way. This approach embraces, in particular, the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion and is part of our compliance with the Equality Act 2010.

We fully support and comply with Department of Health and UK Council for Psychotherapy guidance around psychological treatments known as Conversion Therapy; sometimes called "reparative" or "gay cure" therapy.

The Trust does not provide or support these "therapies", in line with major therapy professional bodies in the UK.

If you are interested in finding out more about this subject please refer to the following document produced by the UK Council for Psychotherapy - from which the information below is extracted.

UK Council for Psychotherapy: Conversion Therapy – Consensus Statement

Conversion therapy is the umbrella term for a type of talking therapy or activity which attempts to change sexual orientation or reduce attraction to others of the same sex.

Though homosexuality is no longer considered a mental illness in healthcare professions, the legacy of this association continues to have an impact.

The UK Council for Psychotherapy states:
"It is exploitative for a psychotherapist to offer treatment that might 'cure' or 'reduce' same sex attraction as to do so would be offering a treatment for which there is no illness."

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy says:
"There is no scientific, rational or ethical reason to treat people who identify within a range of human sexualities any differently from those who identify solely as heterosexual."

The Royal College of Psychiatrists states:
"The Royal College of Psychiatrists believes strongly in evidence-based treatment. There is no sound scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Furthermore, so-called treatments of homosexuality create a setting in which prejudice and discrimination flourish."
To see more detailed statements on conversion therapy from professional bodies in the UK please go to the following links:
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
British Psychoanalytic Council
British Psychological Society
Royal College of Psychiatrists
UK Council for Psychotherapy

For more information about our legal duties as a public sector organisation under the Equality Act 2010, please see: