Ending Conversion Therapy: Supporting Victims and Survivors and Protecting All Those at Risk
Government research from 2021 indicates that conversion therapy is still being used today on thousands of LGBT people in the UK, particularly in churches and other faith settings.
This UK-based symposium provides a timely opportunity for stakeholders to discuss the government’s plan to partially ban conversion therapy, as well as examine ways in which other relevant organisations, bodies and institutions can help to clamp down on the practice, support victims and survivors and protect those who are vulnerable and at risk.
- Discuss the government’s approach to banning conversion therapies
- Analyse Conversion Therapy Protection Orders and discuss key gaps and opportunities
- Highlight the case for extending the ban on conversion therapy to trans people
- Assess how the pandemic has affected global attempts to clamp down on conversion therapies
- Examine current support structures for victims and survivors of conversion therapy and assess what more is needed to ensure better support
- Identify ways to better protect those at risk of and vulnerable to being imposed or self-referred to conversion therapies
- Examine the drivers of conversion therapy, including religious reasons, and discuss how they can be addressed
- Compare international responses to conversion therapies and whether they can be applied to the UK
- Analyse the UK’s existing legislative framework and how it can be utilised to clamp down on practices that are used as part of conversion therapies
- Discuss the role of the police and health authorities in protecting those at risk of being subjected to conversion therapies