An introduction to supporting LGBT children and young people
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An introduction to supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people

A guide for schools, colleges and settings

As part of growing up, all children and young people will spend time exploring their identity and developing a sense of who they are.

This will include thinking about whether they experience attraction to others, who they are attracted to (their emotional, romantic and/or sexual orientation), how they feel about their gender (their gender identity), and the different ways they express their gender (gender expression).

Some children and young people will realise that they are lesbian, gay, bitrans or queer or on the asexual or aromantic spectrum, meaning that their orientation or gender identity may be different from many of their peers. Others may be questioning their orientation and/or gender identity.

Being LGBTQ+ can feel like an extra pressure for children and young people at school, college or in their setting, depending on the extent to which staff, peers and the wider community are supportive. LGBTQ+ children and young people often worry that those around them will react negatively to who they are and they can experience high levels of bullying. This can leave children and young people feeling isolated and unable to access the support or information they need.

Schools, colleges and settings play a vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ children and young people – they can create an inclusive environment where these learners feel welcome and valued. This guide is designed to help education professionals understand and meet the needs of LGBTQ+ learners. It contains practical guidance and outlines where LGBTQ+ learners might require additional support, and highlights areas in which support might differ for lesbian, bi, and gay (LBG) learners, and trans learners. It also includes information on working with parents, carers and the wider community, in addition to signposting to further information and resources.


Download the PDF version of this resource to support all of your work in supporting LGBT young people in school or college.