Kent LGBTQ Youth Report 2015
Needs, assets and provision for LGBTQ youth in Kent
This report outlines some of the experiences of a sample of young people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ) attending the LGBTQ youth hubs in Kent between August 2013 and December 2014 – as reported by young people themselves.
It also provides useful information about both the role of the LGBTQ youth
health adviser and the function of a dedicated LGBTQ youth space and how these young people
experience them. The report is based on young people’s responses to an in-depth survey (Appendix 1),
designed and conducted by a health promotion practitioner based within Sexual Health Services, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and supported by Kent Integrated Adolescent Support
Services (KIASS). The report also includes an outline of the business case for the provision of LGBTQ youth hubs (Appendix 2), and the end of year hub Practitioners’ Report, 2014 (Appendix 3).
We are concerned about our findings. Young LGBTQ people continue to experience discrimination and abuse, poor emotional and mental health and social isolation. However, it is also very apparent that the presence of LGBTQ specific spaces with dedicated staff is playing a part in reducing risk factors and promoting protective ones. We recognise that this intervention could have significant impact on improving the health and wellbeing outcomes of LGBTQ youth should there be strategic leadership and commitment to enable its growth beyond a short-term project. We would hope that this report would impact on the continued development and management of LGBTQ youth hubs across Kent, involving commitment from commissioners and providers of key services to partnership working. We hope adequate resources would be committed through recognition that promoting, supporting and developing resilience requires long-term and consistent commitment, an effort which is likely to have far-reaching cost savings, particularly in HIV care and mental health.
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