The Ministry of Justice is undertaking a review on the care and management of transgender offenders and hope to get insights from a wide range of stakeholders. In order to structure their thinking, they have produced a short paper (below) that asks open questions on which they would like your thoughts and insights.

As there are quite a number of questions, they expect you may want to respond only to those that relate directly to your interest or field of expertise.  Please don’t feel compelled to reply to each and every one.

Replying online:  If it would be easier for you to reply on-line, they have produced a simple on-line survey using identical questions on this link,

They are keen to hear from all relevant stakeholders, so please feel free to pass on the information and web link.

If you are not completing the online survey, you can email your reply to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by post to George Barrow, Transgender Review, Ministry of Justice (4.12), 102 Petty France, London SW1P 9AH

A copy of the terms of reference of the review, which includes details of its independent oversight, is on this link,

Given that they are hoping to have conclusions to the review in March, they would like any responses by 24 February.


Annotated agenda and discussion points

The review is intended to be a concise exercise that can make recommendations about policy and practice development on a subject which is both complex and changing in terms of its visibility and public understanding and expectations. The terms of reference of the review includes transgender people in custody, under community supervision or in contact with the National Probation Service when court reports are prepared, and young transgender people who find themselves in the Youth Justice System.

The review is seeking observations from stakeholders under a number of headings.  This list is not exhaustive.

Legislation, terminology and recording

In court

In the community

It is very likely that the largest number of transgender people convicted for criminal justice offences are not sentenced to prison but serving a community order.  Nearly all people released from prison, even after serving short sentences, will be on licence and under community supervision.

In custody

Many of the issues relating to custody are included in PSI 7/2011.  In this dialogue we are seeking to explore where the PSI needs be developed, and whether any underlying assumptions or principles need to be changed.

Children and young people

Policy formulation and Oversight

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