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SIRCC Conference 2019 Workshop 1 Supporting LGBT+ young people in residential care

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SIRCC Conference 2019 Workshop 1 Supporting LGBT+ young people in residential care

  1. 1. LGBT Awareness Training
  2. 2. Lesbian - a woman who is emotionally and/or physically attracted to other women. Gay - someone who is emotionally and/or physically attracted to people of the same gender. Bisexual - someone who is emotionally and/or physically attracted to people of more than one gender or regardless of gender. Language & Identities
  3. 3. Transgender - An umbrella term for those whose gender identity or expression differs in some way from the gender assigned to them at birth and conflicts with the ‘norms’ expected by the society they live in. Intersex - A person whose chromosomes, reproductive organs or genitalia vary in some way from what is traditionally considered male or female in terms of biological sex. Language & Identities
  4. 4. Experiences of LGBT Young People
  5. 5. • Sample of 684 - largest sample in Scotland • Ages 13-25, with the average age of 19 • 36% gay/lesbian; 30.6% bisexual, 11% queer, 11% pansexual​ • 33.5% identified as transgender • 19.5% identified as non-binary or described their gender in another way (6% in 2012)​ Research Findings (2017-2018)
  6. 6. Education 71% of LGBT young people experienced bullying in school on the grounds of being LGBT. This is a rise from 69% in 2012 and 60% in 2007. 82% of transgender young people experienced bullying in school, an increase from 77% in 2012.
  7. 7. • 48% of LGBT young people and 58% of transgender young people were aware of their rights under hate crime legislation. • 35% of LGBT young people said that they had experienced a hate crime or incident in the past year. • Transgender young people were slightly more likely (41%), and non-binary young people were the most likely (51%) Safety
  8. 8. Percentage of young people who felt that they experienced the following mental health problems and related behaviours Mental Heath % young people who felt that they experienced mental health problems and related behaviours
  9. 9. 53% of LGBT young people said that their local area is a good place to live, similar to 2012 findings. Community
  10. 10. Care Experienced Young People https://www.lgbtyouthincare.com/video-resources/ Q - What are the experiences of LGBT young people in care? Q - What did they say would help?
  11. 11. • Same sex couples able too adopt since 2009. • 2016 provided the highest amount of same-sex adoptions since records began, with 1 in every 18 adoptions involved a same-sex couple. • In 2016, nearly 2,500 young people had ben adopted by same sex couples in Scotland, England and Wales -New Family Social, UK LGBT Adoption and Fostering Charity (2017) LGBT Fostering and Adoption
  12. 12. Understanding ‘Coming Out’
  13. 13. • Pre-coming out • Coming out to self • Coming out to others • Identity exploration • Identity integration Source: Coleman’s Model of Coming Out (1980) Coming Out
  14. 14. Coming Out – Top Tips • DON’T say ‘I thought so’ / ‘it’s just a phase’ • DON’T assume you know what the young person needs • DON’T tell anyone unless you are concerned about their wellbeing
  15. 15. Coming Out – Top Tips • DO ask open and reflective questions – without intruding • DO ask if the young person has a sense of what they would like from you • DO go at the young person’s pace • DO remain available for further support
  16. 16. Supporting LGBT Young People
  17. 17. LGBT Young People’s Rights: You have the right to live in a home where you and your identity are respected -You have a right to use a bathroom you feel comfortable in -You have the right to wear clothes and style your hair in a way that makes sense for you -You have the right to use the name and pro-noun you feel comfortable with -You have right not to be harassed or hurt because of your identity -You have the right to access groups and have friends that are LGB or T www.lgbtyouthincare.com
  18. 18. Supporting LGBT Young People: Scenarios
  19. 19. 1. Don’t make assumptions - regarding their sexual orientation or gender identity 2. Do challenge homophobic, biphobic and transphobic comments 3. Don’t impose gendered stereotypes on children and young people (dolls are for girls) 4. Don’t pressure someone into discussing their LGBT identity OR to ‘come out’ 5. Do go at a pace that is right for them Top Tips
  20. 20. 1. Don’t ‘feel’ like you have to have all the answers 2. Do make information available to young people including local support groups 3. Don’t make an assumption that being LGBT will be risky or is a negative thing 4. Don’t overshare information people – follow your procedures 5. Do take steps to show you are LGBT inclusive Top Tips
  21. 21. Inclusive Environments • Important for governing bodies, staff and young people for representation, protection and inclusion. • LGBT Charter Mark – Foundations, Bronze, Silver & Gold. Process of accreditation to ensure your policies, practice and legislative obligations are up to standard to ensure all LGBT people that work or use your services feel included and are protected if they do experience prejudice and discrimination. • Marking Commemorative Days; Pride, National Coming Out Day, Trans Day of Visibility, International Women’s Day etc. • Equalities monitoring • Posters, flyers and resources that are inclusive of LGBT identities
  22. 22. Don’t panic – you can do this!
  23. 23. Thank You & Questions www.lgbtyouth.org.uk

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