Exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. It isn’t always easy for carers to know how best to support a young person as they embark on these discoveries. It is often not obvious how to make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish at school.
This course empowers foster carers with a greater understanding and acceptance of young people in their care who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We aim to support carers to become aware of their own possible prejudices and thereby increasing their efforts in proficient care.
- An awareness of gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation
- The ability to engage more effectively with transgender people and children / young people using appropriate language
- To have an increased understanding of Trans identities and to establish safe environments for everyone
- To be able to understand and tackle forms of bullying that relate to diverse gender expressions and sexual orientation
- Understanding of LGBT Health: Disease transmission and progression, mental & physical wellbeing
- Awareness of challenges around access to the physical environment: schools, recreational facilities, health services, housing, etc
This course is for Foster Carers and Adopters as well as their Supervising Social Workers. It is also suitable for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.