Youth in Care

I was approached by Cornerstones Jeugdzorg to provide awareness training for their team and present at a symposium at the University of Groningen to launch the Audre Project.

I began by presenting "Homophobia Awareness Training an on-going process" during which participants were asked to complete the "Heterosexual Privilege" questionnaire.

I then presented "Homophobia where does it come from?" The attached "Training Needs Assessment" was included in the pack.

Hanneke Felton of Movisie then presented "LGBT youth minority stress and empowerment. "

After lunch I gave a presentation on "NATnIMP," an assessment tool I had developed over many years, to be used by professionally qualified workers to conduct in-depth assessments with LGBTQ young people.

My presentations contain links to relevant resources and further information.

On day two, also at the University of Groningen, I continued the homophobia awareness training beginning with the same first two presentations I gave in the morning on day one (as there was meant to be a lot of people attending this session who had not attended the previous day).

Following this I gave three shorter presentations on "Homophobia Effects on Homosexuals," "Homophobia Effects on Hetersexuals," and "Homophobia Effects on Services." During the second presentation participants were asked to complete "Personal Homophobia" and discuss it with a partner. The attached "Homonegativity Questionnaire" was included in the pack.

The final session on day two was "Homophobia Effects on Parents."

The following day included training with the Cornerstones team. We briefly discussed the previous two days and watched Foster Care's Invisible Youth then added to the work begun the previous day on what an LGBT friendly care home would consist of.

We then discussed the need to conduct a monitoring survey with users which would ask questions about ethnicity, language, gender, disability, as well as sexual orientation and gender identity. Here is a link to the paper "Ask but don't ask," and a training exercise "Sexuality/Gender Monitoring." We then discussed what the next steps would be in order to put the training into practice at Cornerstones.

Here is a link to the "academic papers" used during the preparation of the presentations