LGBT children and young people score worse on every aspect of health and wellbeing and there is a significantly higher incidence of self-harm and suicide.
SexYOUality has been working for more than 20 years supporting young people in Cambridgeshire and speak from the experience of the young people who have come to them for support. The message is that language hurts. Our language can include and exclude even when we have no thoughts about doing so. Many people feel that the use of the word ‘gay’ to mean ‘rubbish’ is commonplace and therefore ‘not homophobic’. Far from it – for everyone from the LGBT community, allies, friends and family, constant hearing of the word with negative connotations leads to further feelings of exclusion, ‘otherness’ and fear of what others think of the them.
SexYOUality is an organisation with the vision that young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people are fully included in society, with equal access to opportunities, living without fear of prejudice, discrimination and harassment.
A practice guidance developed by the London Safeguarding Children Board for safeguarding children in minority ethnic, culture & faith (often socially excluded) communities, groups & families. Click here to view/download the practice guidance.
This practice guidance is also available at http://www.londonscb.gov.uk/