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 already identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, or may be questioning this element of their identity. We aim to support carers to become aware of their own possible prejudices and thereby increasing their efforts in proficient care.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify national trends in LGBTQ
  2. Be able to provide support for LGBTQ children and young people
  3. Know good practice for working with LGBTQ young people
  4. Understand the impact of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying on an LGBTQ young person’s wellbeing
  5. Challenging stereotypes and myths about LGBTQ people
  6. Know how best to support young people ‘coming out’

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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