The Countess of Wessex, President of Girlguiding, helps out with Brownies activities
The adventure group’s latest Equality and Diversity document states: “Girlguiding aims to support all girls and young women.
“This is understood in terms of the way a person self-identifies their gender identity – a person’s inner sense of self.”
The policy extends to any adult who self-identifies as a woman, allowing them to “undertake all adult roles in guiding and may, if they wish, make their Promise”.
An adult who does not identify as woman will be permitted to volunteer for support roles such as unit helper, adviser and coordinator.
Guide units are not required to tell parents if a trans person is attending their group.
In a statement on the Girlguiding website, chief executive Julie Bentley said: “Girlguiding complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 which makes clear that organisations providing single-sex services such as Girlguiding should treat people according to their acquired gender.
“As such, and in line with our values of inclusion, we welcome any young person who self-identifies as a girl or young woman.”
The guidelines apply to all levels of the organisation – Rainbows, Brownies and Guides.
But Amanda Gracey,whose six year old daughter recently joined a rainbows group in Bristol, told the Mail on Sunday she thought the decision was “shocking”.
“You might be in a situation with girls having to deal with menstruation going to a leader with no understanding at all,” she said.
“Every piece of safeguarding advice says you should provide separate sleeping and changing facilities for children of opposite sexes under the age of 18.”