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Boys who self-identify as girls are being placed in female-only dorms at a summer camp started by former prime minister David Cameron.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) was launched in 2011 as part of Mr Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ plans and has received more than £1.3billion in taxpayer funding – including £75million in public money last year.
The NCS, which was designed especially for 16- and 17-year-olds, now faces accusations of putting young people at risk by letting them choose which showers, toilets and dorms they use, The Telegraph reports.
One mother who voiced concerns about the policy was allegedly told that if girls were not comfortable with a male in their bedroom then they needed to be ‘educated to respect the identity’ of that person.
David Cameron talks to members of the National Citizen Service during a visit to Oaklands Outdoor Education Centre in Snowdonia, August 7, 2015
Another claims that in 2019 her son left a camp because he was sharing a male dorm with a trans boy and a teenage male who were in a sexual relationship.
One 16-year-old boy who recently started identifying as female had signed up to the camp this year and was asked which room he would prefer to sleep in, one mother said, adding that she was told the camp would ‘allow the young people to self-ID’ and they would be placed in ‘whichever dorm they feel comfortable in’.
Organisers said that if a girl had a reason for not sharing such as a past trauma or religious belief then they would not be placed with a biological male.
Chief executive of the NCS Trust, Mark Gifford, said that safeguarding is taken ‘incredibly seriously’.
He added: ‘It is of paramount importance and we are proud of our exemplary track record. While our policy does acknowledge that accommodation decisions are made on a case-by-case basis by our delivery partners, we would never condone any decision that leaves a young person feeling vulnerable or at risk.’
Source: Daily Mail