Launch of the Navajo-UCL​an Sexuality Training Toolbox

Trish Byrne-Roberts Principal Lecturer Sociology and Ethnicity and Human Rights at University of Central Lancashire
would like to inform you about the recent National Conference, ‘Invisible Boundaries’, which took place on Wednesday 24th April 13:

“We received unprecedented interest in the conference and it was attended by over 100 people, with representation from the public sector, local authorities, voluntary sector, educational establishments and UCLan students and staff.

Please find below information about the impetus for the conference and the resulting launch of the Navajo-UCLan Sexuality Training Toolbox:

A study by researchers at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has found that many organisations still have a long way to go before sexuality equality is prevalent in Lancashire’s work places.

Principal Lecturer Trish Byrne-Roberts and Dr Chris Hough have worked with Clive Taylor, Equality and Diversity Lead within Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, to assess the impact that sexuality awareness training course Navajo has made in helping organisations to make a cultural change in their understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and groups.

Navajo is a Lancashire project designed to tackle oppression, stigma and prejudice and to promote social well-being and acceptance in society of LGBT people. It offers a training programme for organisations to deliver effect equality and diversity training in the work place.

After surveying two focus groups of people from fifteen Lancashire organisations who attended the Navajo training course, results suggest that people in the work place often compartmentalise the different areas of sexuality and think that they can only exist as separate, discrete characteristics. Research also suggests that a similar pattern of behaviour towards sexuality is widespread within schools.

The research findings were shared at the Invisible Boundaries conference held at UCLan and presented an evaluation of the Navajo sexuality training programme which, took place over the last 12 years.

The researchers intend to use their findings to ensure that professional practitioners and agencies can deliver effective equality and diversity training within workplaces, such as the school environment, social work settings and within the public sector.

The culmination of research has led to the development of the Navajo-UCLan Sexuality Training Toolbox, which can be commissioned by organisations as a development and training package. The Toolbox is designed to support individuals and organisations in delivering or participating in the Navajo training via online materials or through face to face training sessions. The toolbox launch in late July early August.”

For more information about the researchers’ work and the Navajo-UCLan Sexuality Training Toolbox contact David Howard by email on or telephone on 01772 892250.

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