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Submissions to the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy


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


The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy will be set within the framework of Better Outcomes, Brighter Future (BOBF) and the National Youth Strategy. As part of this Framework, five national outcomes have been identified for young people. These outcomes are aimed to ensure that children and young people:


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 aim of this strategy is to support the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in identifying and implementing additional measures that are required to ensure that LGBTI+ young people can achieve the same outcomes as all young people in Ireland.


The Department of Children and Youth Affairs has undertaken consultations with young people to ensure that their voices, ideas and opinions are at the core of the strategy development. The consultations reached almost 4,000 young people from across Ireland via an online survey and seven consultation events across the country. The stakeholder consultation was held in Farmleigh House on the 28 June 2017. 150 stakeholders were invited to attend and there was representation from 90 organisations, including government departments, sporting bodies and youth organisations.


We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and enthusiasm in the development of the National LGBTI+ Youth Strategy. For those who have not been able to make our consultation events, the process of written submissions will be taking place until Wednesday 27 September 2017. Please complete the template below if you would like to make a written submission.


Completed templates should be submitted via email to lgbtiyouthstrategy@dcya.gov.ie  and via post to LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy, Floor 5, DCYA, 43-49 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, D04 YP52 by close of business Wednesday 27 September 2017.

Written Submission Template

 

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.

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

 

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