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Sexuality and gender diverse children and young people who experience child abuse, and those who are in care, are amongst our most vulnerable. They face discrimination, stigma and greater challenges in finding their community of belonging in care. Parents and carers who identify as sexuality and gender diverse may also experience systemic and community discrimination; adding additional pressures to the normal challenges of caregiving. This FACSIAR lunch and learn presented insights into inclusive practice with sexuality and gender diverse children and young people, their parents and carers, family and kin.

A/Prof Adam Bourne from the “Writing themselves in” study discussed the factors which influence health of LGBTQIA+ young people in care and Dr Luke Gahan from the Australian Institute of Family Studies spoke about inclusive communication with LGBTIQ+ clients.

Following this, there was a live discussion with panel members with a range of experiences to share in working with sexuality and gender diverse children and young people. Note, the panel discussion was not recorded.

Presentation slide decks

  • The health of LGBTQA+ young people in NSW: the role of social context and influencers of wellbeing
    A/Prof Adam Bourne, Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University
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  • Inclusive communication with LGBTIQ+ clients
    Dr Luke Gahan, Senior Research Officer, Family Policy and Service Systems, Australian Institute of Family Studies
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Additional materials

Writing Themselves In Study

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
You can read recent, relevant research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) about Inclusive communication with LGBTIQ+ clients here.

DCJ Practice Advice Guidelines
You can access the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Practice Advice Guidelines for LGBTQIA+ clients (DCJ staff only) here.

To hear more about Russel Weston and Keiron Brown’s journey as carers and guardians we recommend watching ‘The Department’ via SBS On Demand.

Services supporting LGBTQIA+ children and young people, their parents and carers, family and kin

  • Aids Council of New South Wales (ACON): New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI Health).
  • TransHub: Resource for all trans people in NSW, their loved ones, allies and health providers
  • The Gender Centre: a state-wide multidisciplinary centre providing a range of specialised services that enables the exploration of gender identity and assistance with the alleviation of gender dysphoria.
  • Minus 18: an Australian charity focussed on improving the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth
  • Maple Leaf House: a specialist, multidisciplinary services for trans and gender diverse children and young people aged ≤ 24 years
  • Hunter Gender Alliance: a Newcastle-based community-led and community driven charity working to improve the rights, health and lives of Transgender and Gender Diverse (TGD) people
  • Transcend Australia: a parent-led, national peer support network and community for parents and carers supporting their Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary (TGDNB) child in Australia.
  • Twenty10: a Sydney based service working across New South Wales, providing a broad range of specialised services for sexuality and gender diverse young people aged 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support.
  • BlaQ: a First Nations run organisation advocating for representation and visibility of LGBTQIA+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • QLife: provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for LGBTIQA+ people in Australia, their families and workers

Questions or Comments?

A recording of the research-related presentations, slides and other resources will be available here within one week following the webinar.

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Last updated: 09 Feb 2024