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LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy


The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018 - 2020 was launched on 29th June 2018. It provides an opportunity to build a more inclusive Ireland for LGBTI+ young people and is the first of its kind in the world. The Strategy seeks to ensure a cross-governmental approach to put additional measures in place to further enhance the lives of LGBTI+ young people and address some of the key challenges they may face in their day-to-day lives. The Strategy makes a significant contribution towards the Government’s broader commitment to continue to strive for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI+) people in Irish society.


The Strategy's Youth Advisory Group also developed a video summarising the Strategy


A written summary of the Strategy is also available

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Email LGBTIyouthstrategy@dcya.gov.ie

 

Recent Initiatives:

Welcome Sticker Competition
Launch of competition to design an LGBTI+ public welcome sticker for display in sports clubs, cultural bodies, arts organisations, youth groups, businesses and more


Following on from the launch of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020 in June 2018, Dr Katherine Zappone, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, is happy to announce the launch of this competition to design an LGBTI+ public recognition marker for display in sports clubs, cultural bodies, arts organisations, youth groups, businesses and more so they can declare their support for diversity and the inclusion of LGBTI+ people. The Minister is calling on young people up to the age of 24 to get creative and submit an original design to be considered for use on the public recognition marker. 

The deadline for receipt of artwork is January 28th 2019.

Terms & Conditions

Application form

 

 

Capacity Building Initiative


Launch of LGBTI+ Capacity Building Initiative for professional service providers working with young people


Dr Katherine Zappone, TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs is delighted to announce that her Department is announcing a €100,000 grant scheme to make services across the country more accessible to LGBTI+ young people. 

The funding is the first of a number of announcements as the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy becomes a reality.

Minister Zappone added: “I was very proud to join young people from across Ireland to launch the world's first LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy as it clearly showed how serious we are in our mission to ensure that Ireland is the best country in which to grow up." 

As I explained at that time, however, the real hard work would be making the Strategy a reality. I am delighted that hard work is already in motion we are on the road to making a real and positive difference to young lives.

This capacity building is a key action under Goal 1 of the Strategy, which is to "Create a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people". 

The objectives and actions associated with this goal will work towards the continued improvement of safe, supportive and inclusive spaces for LGBTI+ young people. 

This initiative aims to provide funding to implement evidence-based training, mentoring, coaching, Continuous Professional Development (CPD) initiatives and development of guidelines targeted at professional service providers and youth services. 

Training and guidance should include a particular focus on trans and gender-related issues. 

It is envisaged that grants in the region of €3,000 - €6,000 will be awarded to individual organisations for initiatives such as training, with allowances being made in a limited number of circumstances for large national initiatives. The grant is open both for programmes which have been run before and proven to be effective and new and innovative programmes. Projects must be delivered in 2018.

The initiative will target those who work or volunteer with young people aged 10 to 24 and is open to applications from professional service providers who deal with young people and youth services in the following areas:

  • Youth services 
  • Youth helpline personnel
  • Traveller service providers
  • Disability service providers
  • Homeless service providers
  • Addiction counsellors and facilities
  • Services already in receipt of DCYA funding.

 The deadline for submissions is 12 noon on 26th September. 

Any queries can be addressed to: contact lgbtiyouthstrategy@dcya.gov.ie.
 
Minister Zappone had the following words for organisations considering applying for funding:
 
"I encourage all organisations offering services to young people to apply under this initiative, which provides a wonderful opportunity to ensure that the needs of our LGBTI+ young people can be met, to the highest standards"
    
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Note

The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy was published on 29th June 2018 and is a world first. It is a key commitment for DCYA as part of the 2016 Programme for Partnership Government and will make a significant contribution towards the Government's broader commitment to continue to strive for the full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in Irish society. It is a 3 year Strategy that is strongly action oriented with the mission to ensure all LGBTI+ young people are visible, valued and included.

A number of significant changes have taken place in Ireland in recent decades which have resulted in substantial progress and improved outcomes for LGBTI+ people. The Strategy seeks to put measures in place to address some of the remaining challenges faced by LGBTI+ young people, so as to ensure that they can achieve the same positive outcomes as all other young people. 

The Strategy and its future governance lie within the framework of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: The Policy Framework for Children and Young Peopleand as such will contribute to achievement of the five national outcomes for children and young people:

  1. Active and healthy, with positive physical and mental wellbeing
  2. Achieving their full potential in all areas of learning and development
  3. Safe and protected from harm
  4. Economic security and opportunity
  5. Connected, respected and contributing to their world.

The expected outcomes from the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy will:

  • improve environments and services for LGBTI+ young people
  • support better training for professionals engaging with LGBTI+ young people
  • enforce anti-bullying policies and address anti-LGBTI+ discrimination
  • address the health and wellbeing of LGBTI+ young people and
  • expand legislation to include and protect LGBTI+ young people, generate information and insight into the needs of LGBTI+ young people.

Guidance Note & Application form

 

The Mission, Vision and Values of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020

 

MISSION

Our mission is that all LGBTI+ young people are visible, valued and included.

 

VISION FOR 2020

The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy vision for 2020 is aligned to the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures vision established in 2014, which strives to:

 ‘Make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to grow up and raise a family, and where the rights of all children and young people are respected, protected and fulfilled; where their voices are heard and where they are supported to realise their maximum potential now and in the future.’

In addition, the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy will:

  • Improve environments and services for LGBTI+ young people
  • Support better training for professionals engaging with LGBTI+ young people
  • Ensure the implementation of anti-bullying policies and address anti-LGBTI+ discrimination 
  • Address the health and wellbeing of LGBTI+ young people
  • Expand legislation to include and protect LGBTI+ young people, with specific attention to the recognition of transgender young people. 
  • Generate evidence and data to understand the lives of LGBTI+ young people

 

 

Values

The core values that underpin this Strategy and influence how we achieve results include: 

Inclusiveness: We advocate for a world that embraces diversity and promotes an integrated and supportive society.

Equality: We celebrate difference and support equal opportunity for LGBTI+ young people that enables them to achieve their potential.

Rights: We promote the right to be LGBTI+ in a safe environment that is free from negativity and supports freedom of expression. 

Empowerment: We foster an environment where LGBTI+ young people are supported and encouraged to co-produce and partner on initiatives. 

Respect: We treat all LGBTI+ young people with respect by being considerate of people’s differences and choices, learning from our peers and bridging the intergenerational gap.

Positivity: We promote the collective expression of success among the LGBTI+ community, cheering the small wins as much as the big wins. 

Acceptance: We encourage all LGBTI+ young people to express themselves openly and recognise people’s preferences (e.g. pronouns) knowing that they will be accepted in this safe and inclusive environment.

 

 

The Goals and Objectives of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020

Three strategic goals were identified to support the achievement of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy vision to 2020. These goals are aligned to the Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures five national outcomes and are necessarily ambitious in order to achieve a major impact for the lives and wellbeing of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland. Each of the goals has accompanying objectives, as outlined below:

 

GOAL 1
CREATE A SAFE, SUPPORTIVE AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR LGBTI+ YOUNG PEOPLE

 

Objective1.

Create a more supportive and inclusive environment for LGBTI+ young people in formal education settings

Objective 2.

Create safe environments for LGBTI+ young people 

Objective 3.

Make all youth services more inclusive of LGBTI+ young people and provide accessible LGBTI+ youth services nationally 

Objective 4.

Ensure equal employment opportunity and an inclusive work environment for LGBTI+ young people 

Objective 5.

Provide a more supportive and inclusive environment that encourages positive LGBTI+ representation and participation in culture, society and sport, and reduces LGBTI+ stigma

Objective 6.

Expand and develop supports to parents and families of LGBTI+ young peopleProvide capacity building measures among service providers to improve their understanding of and ability to engage with LGBTI+ young people

Objective 8.

Address gaps in current legislation and policies and ensure inclusion of LGBTI+ young people in future legislation and policy development 

Objective 9.

Address fragmentation in funding and support networking of organisations to work collaboratively

Objective 10.

Provide an inclusive physical environment for transgender and intersex young people

 

GOAL 2
IMPROVE THE PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SEXUAL HEALTH OF LGBTI+ YOUNG PEOPLE    

Objective 11    

Respond effectively to the mental health needs of LGBTI+ young people

Objective 12    

Strengthen sexual health services and education to respond to the needs of LGBTI+ young people, including in the area of sexual consent

Objective 13  

 Improve the physical and mental health of transgender young people

Objective 14  

 Improve the understanding of and the response to the physical and mental health needs of intersex young people

 

GOAL 3
DEVELOP THE RESEARCH AND DATA ENVIRONMENT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE LIVES OF LGBTI+ YOUNG PEOPLE    

 

Objective 15  

Enhance the quality of LGBTI+ data and commission research to ensure evidence-informed policy and service delivery


The goals and objectives will be achieved through the realisation of 59 key actions outlined in the Strategy. These actions have been developed in alignment with other key strategies and policies. 

 

 

Background and Context of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy

The development of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy has been a key commitment for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) as part of the 2016 Programme for Partnership Government. 

In 2014, DCYA launched the National Policy Framework for Children and Young People “Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures” (“BOBF”). The vision of the BOBF Framework is “to make Ireland the best small country in the world in which to grow up and raise a family, and where the rights of all children and young people are respected, protected and fulfilled; where their voices are heard and where they are supported to realise their maximum potential now and in the future.” This Framework identified five national outcomes for young people to ensure that children:

  1. Are active and healthy, with positive physical and mental wellbeing
  2. Are achieving their full potential in all areas of learning and development
  3. Are safe and protected from harm
  4. Have economic security and opportunity
  5. Are connected, respected and contributing to their world.

The National Youth Strategy published in 2015 aims to address the needs of children and young people from 10-24 years of age. This strategy identified LGBTI+ young people as a specific group to be considered in the context of focused provision for marginalised young people. 

 

STAGES OF THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS

The strategic planning process used in developing the Strategy was built around a rigorous framework to ensure that the goals and objectives of the Strategy are designed to address the priority needs of LGBTI+ young people. There were multiple layers in the process, including: 

Phase 1: Environmental Scan

A detailed review was undertaken of the LGBTI+-related research carried out both nationally and internationally. The purpose of this review was to gain an understanding of the LGBTI+ environment and the challenges that exist within it. The review included research related to LGBTI+ people of all ages, but had a specific focus on young people where such information was available. The review was undertaken in the period from May to July 2017. This document is published separately as a supporting document to the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. 

Phase 2: Youth Consultation

The youth consultation process reached almost 4,000 young people through a combination of 1) an online survey run by SpunOut, and 2) attendance at seven youth consultation events held across the country, in Dublin (two events), Sligo, Dundalk, Galway, Waterford and Cork. The survey and the consultation events represented the views of both LGBTI+ and non-LGBTI+ young people and were a key input in the preparation of the Strategy.

Phase 3: Stakeholder Consultation and Open Call for Written Submissions

Other key stakeholders were engaged through a combination of group consultations and written submissions. Approximately 90 representatives from Government Departments, State Agencies, sporting organisations, education bodies, mental health organisations, youth organisations and LGBTI+ organisations attended a major consultation event held in Farmleigh House in June 2017. In addition, 34 organisations made written submissions to the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy following an open call in October 2017. 

Ongoing consultation and engagement with both the Oversight Committee and the Youth Advisory Group also played a key role in the strategy development process. 
 

DCYA established an Oversight Committee, with Una Mullally as the independent chairperson, to assist in overseeing the development of the Strategy. The committee was comprised of representatives from Government Departments and Agencies, LGBTI+ organisations, young people and others with expertise relevant to the development of the strategy. 

In addition a Youth Advisory Group (YAG) was also established in order to ensure that young people remain at the heart of the strategic planning process. Three members of the YAG were appointed as members of the Oversight Committe. The YAG provided critical insight into the strategic planning process from the perspective of young people in Ireland. 
The strategic planning process used in developing the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy was built around a rigorous framework to ensure that the goals and objectives of the strategy are designed to address the priority needs of LGBTI+ young people. There were multiple layers in the strategic planning process, including: 

 

Environmental Scan

A detailed review was undertaken of the LGBTI+ related research both nationally and internationally. The purpose of this review was to gain an understanding of the LGBTI+ environment and the challenges that exist within it. The review included research related to LGBTI+ people of all ages, but had a specific focus on young people where such information was available. The review was undertaken in the period from May to July 2017.

 

Stakeholder Consultation

An extensive consultation process was completed during the development of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. This consultation involved significant engagement with young people and other key stakeholders. 

 

Youth Consultation:

The consultation process reached almost 4,000 young people through a combination of 1) an online survey run by SpunOut.ie and 2) attendance at seven youth consultation events held across the country, in Dublin (two events), Sligo, Dundalk, Galway, Waterford and Cork. The Youth Consultation Report was launched on 9th December 2017.

The Youth Advisory Group for the Strategy also worked on a youth version of the report in the form of a video, which was launched on the same day.

 

Stakeholder Consultation and Open Call:

Other key stakeholders were engaged through a combination of group consultations and written submissions. Approximately 90 representatives from Government Departments, state agencies, sporting organisations, education bodies, mental health organisations, youth organisations and LGBTI+ organisations attended a major consultation event held in Farmleigh House in June 2017. A further 34 organisations made written submissions to the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy. 

Ongoing consultation and engagement with both the Oversight Committee and the Youth Advisory Group also played a key role in the strategy development process.