Girlguiding has defended its decision to allow transgender members and leaders – after it expelled two volunteers who objected to the policy.
Helen Watts, one of the expelled volunteers, said girls had a right to “female-only spaces”.
But Girlguiding says including people who identify as female to join or lead groups does not put girls at risk.
Simply being transgender “does not make someone more of a safeguarding risk than any other person”, it said.
Chief guide Amanda Medler and acting chief executive Ruth Marvel explained the organisation’s policy in a letter sent to parents and members on Tuesday.
“In the last few days you may have seen that Girlguiding’s equality and diversity policy has been criticised in the media, with accusations that our inclusion of trans members puts girls at risk,” they wrote.