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Consultations


The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy will be informed by the needs and opinions of young people. In order to place young people at the core of the development of this strategy, DCYA are undertaking a multifaceted national consultation process.

Facebook Live Event Wednesday 12th April 2017 3pm


The aim of this event is to raise public awareness and engagement in the development of the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy with the initial focus on the online consultation which will launch simultaneously on Spunout.ie. The online consultation is the first aspect of the youth consultation phase.

Minister Zappone and Una Mullally, Independent Chair of the Oversight Committee of the Strategy will facilitate a discussion with the Youth Advisory Group (YAG). The YAG is a group of young people established with the support of BeLonGTo who will work with and parallel to the Oversight Committee.

The YAG’s purpose and function is multifaceted. They bring experiences of LGBTI+ young people to the development of the strategy, not just throughout the consultation processes, but also at Oversight Committee level. The YAG meets to discuss and inform the strategy which to date has included the developing the visual design and online survey.

There are also two representatives from the YAG on the Oversight Committee.

Live Consultations

Throughout May 2017 there are a number of consultation events scheduled. Dublin will host two events on the 6th and 13th of May 2017.

The event on the 6 May will be held in the Gibson Hotel and is for all young people in Ireland who are interested in informing the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy. The event on the 13 May will be held in Croke Park and will be an event specifically for young people who identify as LGBTI+. These are day time events.

Following the Dublin events there will be a number of regional consultations; these will be held from 7pm on the dates below as follows:

May 10

Sligo youth consultation

May 16

Galway youth consultation

May 17

Waterford youth consultation

May 18

Dundalk youth consultation

May 20

Cork youth consultation

 

More details on events including locations and the venues to be confirmed.

Social Media

Social media has a major role to play in the development of the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy in particular with regards to the engagement with young people and their families.
The strategy has two social media accounts, a Facebook and a Twitter.

There is a dedicated email box for the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy, LGBTIyouthstrategy@dcya.gov.ie, for any questions and queries.
Links
Facebook facebook.com/National-Lgbti-Youth-Strategy-Ireland
Twitter twitter.com/LGBTYouthStrat
Email LGBTIyouthstrategy@dcya.gov.ie

Background to the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy


The development of the LGBTI+ Youth Strategy is a key commitment for the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in the Programme for Government (2016) and also makes a contribution towards the Government’s broader commitment to continue to strive for full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in Ireland.


An oversight committee, independently chaired by Una Mullally, has been established to oversee the development of the strategy. This committee comprises of representatives from government departments, LGBTI+ advocacy organisations and others with expertise relevant to the development of the strategy.


Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, The National Policy Framework for Children and Young People 2014-2020 provides a framework around which the strategy will be developed. There are five national outcomes identified in this framework for children and young people and they:

- are active and healthy, with positive physical and mental wellbeing.

- are achieving their full potential in all areas of learning and development.

- are safe and protected from harm.

- have economic security and opportunity.

- are connected, respected and contributing to their world.

The National Youth Strategy published in 2015 identifies LGBT young people as a specific group to be considered in the context of focused provision for marginalised young people. It is important to the development of the strategy that the voices and the experiences of young people are front and centre in forming the strategy – and the consultation phase will be a key part of this work.

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