Creating LGBTI+ Inclusive Schools and Youth Services

May 18, 2020

A new free online training for educators to help create welcoming environments for LGBTI+ young people was launched last week by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone, and  CDETB Chief Executive Carol Hanney.
Katherine Zappone described the training ‘as a support to education and youth work professionals to develop the skills they need to became better at listening to, understanding, responding to and supporting LGBTI+ young people to ensure they are part of a positive story in the lives of LGBTI+ young people they encounter’.  Carol Hanney spoke about ‘the importance for educators of developing good practices to ensure that we become part of a positive story in their lives’.

The programme was created by BeLonG To Youth Services, the national LGBTI+ organisation, with City of Dublin Youth Service Board (CDYSB).

Participants in the training  will learn about terminology and language, LGBTI+ mental health, managing our own attitude and bias, nonbinary and transgender identities, coming out and improving your practice.

Who is the training for?

The training is for those working in the Education Sector such as Teachers, Guidance Counsellors, Principals, Members of the Board of Management and School Staff.

How long is the training?

This is a 3-hour online training programme. You can complete the course in one go or over a series of weeks – whatever works best for you.

Learning Outcomes

We hope at the end of this programme practitioners will:

  • Know the challenges faced by LGBTI+ people and their relevance to their work.
  • Understand that the vast majority of have some subconscious biases regarding LGBTI+ and learn techniques to manage these.
  • Develop confidence in responding appropriately if a young person comes out to them.
  • Understand language and terminology relating to sexuality and gender.
  • Know how to support a young person who is questioning their gender identity (e.g. that they are trans or non-binary).
  • Know how to challenge homophobic or transphobic language if they hear it.
  • Know what steps to take to make their organisation more inclusive of LGBTI+ young people.

What do I get:

As well as a host of new information and skills to inform your work with LGBTI+ young people, we will provide you with a handy training book.  Those who complete the training will receive a certificate to display in your classroom showing that you welcome, accept and support LGBTI+ young people.

Why is this training needed?

  • 73% of LGBTI+ students told us they feel unsafe at school as part of the 2019 School Climate Survey.
  • LGBTI+ young people are two times more likely to self-harm, three times more likely to attempt suicide and four times more likely to experience extreme stress, anxiety and depression compared to their non-LGBTI+ friends.
  • Research shows between 6–10% of any group of young people may identify as LGBTI+, so it is most likely that some of the individuals will benefit from these supports.
  • LGBTI+ young people told us about the extraordinary difference one supportive adult can make in their lives. This support means they are more likely to feel accepted by their peers, feel an increased sense of belonging and less likely to miss school to avoid victimisation.

How to sign up:

  1. Visit www.traininghub.ie
  2. Select the course: Creating LGBTI+ inclusive Schools and Youth Services with BeLonG To
  3. Click the button ‘Create new account’
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