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Psychologist opposing LGBTI-inclusive school curriculum under investigation

Psychologist opposing LGBTI-inclusive school curriculum under investigation

Anti LGBTI lessons protestors outside Parkfield School (Photo: Twitter) court

A psychologist who has opposed the introduction of an LGBTI-inclusive curriculum in UK schools is under investigation.

Dr. Kate Godfrey-Faussett is a key figure of the Stop RSE campaign. The campaign aimed to stop the inclusion of relationship and sex education (RSE) lessons in schools in the Birmingham area.

MPs voted in favor

The House of Commons last week voted in favor of the lessons by a huge majority on 28 March.

538 MPs backed the proposal, brought by education secretary Damian Hinds. This will mean children will learn about different family models from primary school.

If the Lords back the regulations, every secondary school in England will teach about sexual orientation and gender identity.

New regulations could come into force in September 2020. This move introduces a major change to relationship education guidance, the first since 2000.

Controversial statements

The psychologist has extensive experience of working with families, children and young people.

Godfrey-Faussett converted to Islam 25 years ago and maintains many young Muslims are ‘turning to same-sex relationships’ due to lack of guidance.

She also complained about the ‘queering’ of the ‘Muslim community’. She furthermore added that Muslims should ‘work psychologically or in a mental health capacity’ with those experiencing same-sex attraction.

Following the vote, the Guardian reports that the National Secular Society (NSS) wrote to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates Godfrey-Faussett.

The investigation

The HCPC is investigating whether Godfrey-Faussett’s views on homosexuality were compatible with its standards.

In a letter dated 18 February and reported by the Observer, the NSS warned the council that Stop RSE was promoting ‘material which says the punishment for homosexuality is death’.

‘Our research has found that downloadable resources which were available on Stop RSE’s website as recently as last week [since withdrawn] included a book which endorses lashing and killing gay people,’ the letter also reads.

A spokesperson for HCPC told GSN: ‘We are aware of concerns about Kate Godfrey-Faussett and are looking into what action, if any, we need to take.

‘During this early stage of the initial investigation, no decision has been made regarding the merits of the concern.

‘We have a duty of confidentiality to all parties involved and it would not be appropriate for us to comment further on this particular matter.’

The HCPC process for investigating concerns is to consider whether there has been a breach of the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics it expects registrants to uphold.

This means HCPC checks that registrants are practising safely and effectively, with the necessary skills, knowledge, health and character.

If there is sufficient information to suggest there could be a breach of the HCPC Standards, then the allegation would be referred to the Investigating Committee panel who will consider if there is a case to answer in the form of a hearing.

‘Liberal secular agenda’

Godfrey-Faussett said she was not aware of the details of the complaint.

‘I have simply tried to warn people of the underlying liberal secular agenda of RSE and the harm that it may cause children,’ she told the Observer. She then said RSE is already causing harm based on reports she is receiving from parents.

GSN has reached out the council for comment.

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