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LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy


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.


Youth Consultation Report

The process of developing the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy has included extensive consultations with young people. Approximately 4,000 young people have participated in the consultation process either online or through attendance at events which the Department has hosted across the country. A report of the youth consultations was prepared and the publication was launched at an event on 9th December 2017. This report will inform the final LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy but also stands alone as a snapshot of the views of LGBTI+ young people in Ireland today. The Youth Advisory Group for the Strategy have also worked on a youth version of the report in the form of a video, which was launched on the same day. The video can be accessed on Facebook.


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,, for any questions and queries.


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