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Fury as transgender group Mermaids says children as young as 12 who question their gender should be offered puberty-blocking medication Teachers received the advice in a training session from the lobby group Mermaids say the puberty blockers are 'completely reversible' They say the earlier the intervention, the less surgery is required later 

By Jack Newman For Mailonline

Published: 14:02 BST, 15 September 2019 | Updated: 14:02 BST, 15 September 2019

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Children as young as 12 who question their gender identity should be offered puberty blockers, according to a transgender group.

Teachers were told in a training session led by a trainer for the group Mermaids the hormones give the children 'immense relief' and are 'completely reversible'.

The meeting was held at Newman University in Birmingham last December with around 20 teachers and pastoral staff.

Children as young as 12 who question their gender identity should be offered puberty blockers, according to a transgender group

Children as young as 12 who question their gender identity should be offered puberty blockers, according to a transgender group

A recording obtained by the Sunday Times was made by an audience member in which the trainer says: 'Puberty blocker medication doesn't make any changes, so [is] completely reversible. 

'What it does is put a pause button on the pituitary gland and freezes puberty where it is. Not growth, just puberty. Take the blockers away and biological puberty will recommence.'

The training session is believed to be a blueprint for Mermaid's training in schools nationwide. 

The advice have been criticised by an Oxford academic who

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