Support to LGBTIQ+ Youth in Care

Support to LGBTIQ+ Youth in Care Services 

Information Sheet -  Support_to_LGBTIQ_Youth.pdf

progressprideflag-danielquasar-highrez.png FCAV represents a large number of LGBTIQ+ carer members and carers who are caring for LGBTIQ+ young people who experience increased vulnerability in relation to mental health, employment, education outcomes, homelessness and suicide. 66% of LGBTQI+ youth in Australia still experience bullying based on their identity. The FCAV passionately embraces our responsibility for safety, recognition, and inclusiveness for our LGBTIQ+ community.

 

FCAV makes the Embracing Equality Pledge | Foster Care Association of Victoria – We are allies of LGBTIQ+ communities and pledge to embrace equality and work to end discrimination.  LGBTIQ+ refers to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning or identifying people. The plus+ encompasses the range of gender and sexual identities of LGBTIQ+ people. We all have a sexual and gender identity that may be static or variable and range on this spectrum and it is important, as care givers, that we hear and respect the way each individual young person identifies. Support to young people with a care experience who identify as LGBTIQ+ is a growing and urgent focus. Research has shown that the greatest protective factors for LGBTIQ+ mental health and wellbeing stems from a safe and supportive environment at home and where caregivers provide advocacy to their young people in their schools and education settings.

 

This information sheet accompanies the FCAV’s Supporting LGBTIQ+ Youth Webinar available online at Carer KaFÉ. 

https://www.carerkafe.org.au/online-learning/supporting-lgbtiq-youth

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The resources and services below are a great place to start to educate and inform ourselves and to provide support, visibility, inclusion and safety for our LGBTIQ+ young people in care.  

 

 

The Victorian LGBTIQ+ Strategy

The Victorian Government initiated ‘Pride in our future: Victoria’s first whole-of-government LGBTIQ+ strategy’ that outlines the state’s plan to drive equality for LGBTIQ+ communities over the next 10 years. Read the Strategy here: www.vic.gov.au/victorian-lgbtiq-strategy

 

 Services and supports

Minus 18 is a nationwide organisation – Champions for LGBTQIA+ Young people under 18.

www.facebook.com/minus18youth

 

QLife - QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTIQ+ peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

 

Headspace – For young people looking for mental health and wellbeing support – also for parents, carers, professionals and educators.

 

Rainbow Network – Empowering organisations to provide inclusive services for young LGBTIQA+ Victorians. 

 

Queerspace - A space for queer young people to meet, make friends, work on projects and have fun.

 

Drummond Steet – Drummond Street Services (DS) is a not-for-profit community service organisation that works from a human rights-based framework in the provision of support for individuals, families, and communities.

 

CREATE Foundation has been working for many years with LGBTQIA+ children and young people with a care experience.  CREATE want to see a care system that is respectful of diversity, and actively inclusive of the LGBTIQ+ community.

 

The Rainbow Door -  Rainbow Door is a free service for the LGBTIQA+ community, you do not need a referral to use this service.

 

Victorian Pride Centre - The Victorian Pride Centre is the first purpose-built centre for Australia's LGBTIQ+ communities. It is a place to pave new directions for LGBTIQ+ communities, while honouring and celebrating their brave – and at times difficult – past. It is home to practical and supportive services and will grow into a destination for visitors from across Australia, and beyond.

 

Carer support groups

 

Support groups for young people

 

Resources

 

 

 

For immediate support:

Victoria Police and Ambulance: 000

Lifeline: 13 11 14

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Beyondblue:  1300 224 636

Family violence and sexual assault 24 hour telephone line: 1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732

24/7 Family and Domestic Violence Support for Victorians Safe Steps: 1800 015188

Mensline: 1300 789 978

 

Days of Celebration and Visibility

 

June – Pride Month - Every June, Pride Month celebrates the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex community. It’s a time to reflect on just how far civil rights have progressed in half a century and an opportunity to protest discrimination and violence. Australia is at the forefront of the push towards true equality and inclusion for LGBTI people, but there is more to do. FCAV celebrates  #pridemonth  throughout June.

 

May 17th  - IDAHOBIT Day is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTQIA+ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to combat discrimination.

 

August 26th - Wear It Purple Day strives to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people. Wear it Purple Day takes a stand against the alarming rate of discrimination LGBTQIA+ youth still face.

 

Gender and pronouns

Guide to pronouns and gender (courtesy Washington Post) to assist us all be better allies and supporters of our LGBTIQ+ youth and community.

 

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