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Gender Identity Clinic – CAMHS (Belfast)

Contact Information

Address
Knowing Our Identiy, Foster Green Site, 110 Saintfield Road,, Belfast ,
Postcode
BT8 6HD View Location on Map >
Telephone Number
028 9063 8000
Web Address
http://transgenderni.com/Opens in a new window

Please contact our office for more information using the telephone number given in this profile.

Other Information

Facilities Information

Main Services Provided

Knowing Our Identity (KOI) sees children and young people who are experiencing difficulties in the development of their gender identity. We work with young people along with their families, and others who are important to them. Some children and young people we see might be unhappy with their biological gender, and others might be unhappy with the expectations people have for them to ‘act like a boy’ or ‘act like a girl’.

Who can access the service?
This service is for children and adolescents (up to the age of 18) across Northern Ireland who are experiencing distress in relation to their gender identity development.

The preferred route of referral to KOI is through a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Other professionals working with a young person such as in Health, Social Services or Education, as well as young people and their families, can also contact the service directly to discuss a possible referral.

Who are we in KOI?
All of the KOI staff have training and experience in talking to children and young people, and thinking about their gender identity as well as their general wellbeing. Our team includes sessions from a Clinical Nurse Specialist/Family Therapist, a Clinical Psychologist, a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, a Paediatric Endocrinologist and Endocrinology Nurse Specialists. To discuss a potential referral, please contact a member of the team:

Please note that KOI is a part-time service. Our usual days of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. As a part-time service we are unable to respond to crisis situations. In the event of requiring urgent help, please contact your local mental health service, or GP.

Any child or adolescent who considers themselves transgender, non-binary, gender variant and/or is questioning their gender is welcome to seek a referral to KOI.

The preferred route of referral to KOI is through a local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Other professionals working with a young person such as in health, Social Services or education, as well as young people and their families, can also contact the service directly to discuss a possible referral. As of April 2015, the average waiting time for a first appointment with KOI is approximately 7 weeks.

KOI provide young trans and gender variant people with counselling, family and peer support, and mental health support services. Patients can also currently access hormonal treatments from age 15 and up, subject to assessment.

On the lead up to a patient’s 18th birthday, they can be transferred smoothly to the separate adult service.

Organisation Type
  • Health & Social Care
Main Age Groups
  • Aged 15yrs - 18yrs
Method of Access (Referral)
  • GP
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Family Support Services Categories
  • Gender Identity Clinic
Main Category of Services
  • Relationship Counselling
  • Transgender Support

Areas covered

  • All of N Ireland
  • Antrim
  • Ards
  • Armagh
  • Ballymena
  • Ballymoney
  • Banbridge
  • Belfast
  • Carrickfergus
  • Castlereagh
  • Coleraine
  • Cookstown
  • Craigavon
  • Derry
  • Down
  • Dungannon
  • Fermanagh
  • Larne
  • Limavady
  • Lisburn
  • Magherafelt
  • Moyle
  • Newry&Mourne
  • Newtownabbey
  • North Down
  • Omagh
  • Strabane

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Gender Identity Clinic – CAMHS (Belfast)

  • Gender Identity Clinic – CAMHS (Belfast)