Consultation on single sex service provision
17th September 2020
In 2018 we responded to the government’s consultation on reforming the process of gender recognition.Click here to read our response
The government has not yet published a response to this consultation, but as our member services continue to tell us, the current law and guidance on how the ‘single-sex exceptions’ in the Equality Act work with the protected characteristic of gender reassignment, is confusing and unclear.
Women’s Aid has recently written to our membership regarding the provision of single sex services for survivors of domestic abuse. The debate about who should have access to single sex services has evolved over the last couple of years and has become extremely polarised. As a federation that represents member organisations all over the country, we know that this is an issue that can be divisive between organisations and the staff working within them.
Following some internal scoping work, we are now working with a consultant to ensure that any further statements or practice guidance we develop is informed by the views and current challenges of our members, as well as survivors and other stakeholders. Respectful discussion and the consideration of alternative views are crucial to this process, and we will support and provide spaces for these conversations.
Following our work with the consultant, membership and stakeholders, which we expect to conclude in December, we will be communicating our next steps.