Childline founder Esther Rantzen slams plans by school for pupils to share unisex toilets

Kent Online is reporting that Childline founder Esther Rantzen has criticised proposals from a secondary school to consider unisex toilets…

Plans that could see Ashford teenagers sharing the same school toilets have been unveiled.

The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre is proposing to introduce two unisex blocks at the school in Faversham Road.

It is understood that designs for the shared loos have appeared on a notice board in the school.

Although the plans are believed to still be in a state of consultation, children’s campaigner and Childline founder Esther Rantzen has slammed the proposal.

“These children are at an age when they are extremely self-conscious and aware of their bodies and the changes they experience,” she told a national newspaper.

She added: “It’s an extremely delicate time for them and one would hope that a school would seek to make them as comfortable as possible.

“This is one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard and I suggest the school rethinks its proposal.”

A Towers School spokesman said: “It is an idea that is being considered, but it is not into the planning stage yet, let alone into parental consultation.”

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Last time the issue of unisex toilets came up on the site many said they work well (although our poll came out with 67% against), so do you think Esther Rantzen is misguided in her intervention here? Looking at the comments under the original article at Kent Online it appears many readers agree with her so if unisex toilets are a good idea, how can parents be persuaded of their merits? Please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments or via Twitter…

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