Workshop for Educators Supporting LGBT+ Children/Young People who Self-Harm

Workshop for Educators Supporting LGBT+ Children/Young People who Self-Harm

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A workshop for educators who work with LGBT+ children and young people in primary and secondary schools who are at risk of self-harm.

About this event

While being a member of the LGBT+ community is not automatically a risk factor for poor mental health, evidence suggests that LGBT+ children and young people may be more susceptible to mental health problems, including self-harm and suicidal thoughts. In a research project conducted by Youth Chances, 52% of LGBT+ children and young people reported self-harming, compared to 35% of heterosexual non-trans children and young people, with 44% of the LGBT+ children and young people reporting suicidal thoughts, compared to 26% of heterosexual respondents.

As part of the Self-Harm Learning Network Programme, Allsorts Youth Project are running a series of online workshops for staff working in educational settings to explore some of the critical issues and challenges experienced by children and young people who are LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Trans or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity).

Together we will examine how these factors may contribute to the disproportionately high level of mental health difficulties in this community and how education settings (working with parents and carers) can adopt a whole organisation approach to LGBT+ inclusion.

This workshop aims to provide a safe space for staff working in educational settings to:

  • gain a better understanding and increased knowledge of CYP LGBT+ experiences and lives (including current terminology and language relating to sexual orientation and gender identity)
  • discuss how identifying as LGBT+ may affect children and young people’s mental health, including risk of self-harm
  • talk about your own experiences with LGBT+ pupils within your school (to include those relating to self-harm)
  • consider how your school currently supports LGBT+ pupils (to include LGBT+ pupils who may be neurodiverse) and can be an ally to LGBT+ children and young people
  • reflect upon and strengthen strategies to effectively challenge and combat LGBT+ phobic bullying
  • find out more about the Self-harm Learning Network programme and national and local resources available, including access to the E-Wellbeing portal
  • explore how to create a more inclusive, supportive and safer environment for LGBT+ children and young people

Background

The Pan-Sussex Self-Harm Learning Network Programme is designed to assist parents, carers and staff working in educational settings to support children and young people who are self-harming or at risk of self-harm. Facilitated by West Sussex Mind, YMCA Downslink Group and supported by Allsorts Youth Project, the programme includes a series of learning networks, where participants can hear from guest speakers, receive updates on latest initiatives and resources, and network with others to discuss what is working for them and their support needs.

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