Supporting LGBTQ+ Adults, Children and Young People | Antser

Supporting LGBTQ+ Adults, Children and Young People

By Mandy Miranda, VR Lead Trainer and Facilitator at Antser

Pride Month is celebrated in June each year as a tribute to those involved in the Stonewall Riots. Pride Day itself is celebrated on 28th June, which marks the date in history when the first pride march was held in New York City in 1970 – however, different communities celebrate Pride Day on different days throughout the month.

As part of our acknowledging, embracing and celebrating diversity; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ), Pride Month encourages people to embrace who they are and let the world know.

Diversity is a collection of human qualities which are different from our own and outside the group to which we belong, yet are present in other individuals and groups. A diverse community is ever-changing, requiring communication and an acknowledgment of unconscious bias.
Antser has dedicated itself to creating a culture that  supports a diverse, creative, inclusive and dynamic environment so we can thrive and provide an effective and adaptable service for our clients. We want all employees to feel safe, secure and supported in their workplace and, as such, accept and welcome diversity, in all its forms.
Woman and child in colourful outfits

It is important for us all to possess a knowledge base of good practice when it comes to matters of equality and diversity, to combat inequalities in our services. Without this kind of training, workers can often be uninformed or biased towards groups outside their own experience.

As a result, we have developed our ‘Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Young People’ course, which aims to develop the participant’s knowledge and awareness of LGBTQIA+.

By attending this course, individuals working with children and young people are invited to look at the language they use and consider whether this promotes the rights of people who identify as LGBTQIA+. The course also explores how people can support those they work with to express their sexuality and actively establish relationships, as well as recognising mental health issues that can arise as a result of LGBTQIA+ issues and the confidentiality and safeguarding issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ looked after child / young person.

In addition to this, we consider the legislation in relation to LGBTQIA+ and the duties this places on social care workers. As such, this course is ideal for mixed groups of adult and children’s practitioners as well as partner agencies.

For more information about our ‘Supporting LGBTQ+ Children and Young People’ course, visit our course page here.

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