Improving support for trans youth and children: Bringing together community organisations, youth groups, education and health

Conference overview

The event is a collaboration between the Gender Identity Development Service, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Transforming Sexuality and Gender Research cluster, University of Brighton, and University of Roehampton

This one-day conference and networking event is aimed at promoting links and collaborations between multi-sector organisations and individuals involved in supporting trans young people. The number of children and adolescents presenting as transgender or gender non-conforming has increased significantly over recent years. This increase has raised concern about both the timely access to healthcare and about the appropriateness of specialist health services being the first or most effective source of psychological support. Other agencies, such as community organisations, youth groups and schools play a vital role in providing support and resources to young people and their families, and are increasingly a first point of contact for those questioning their identity.

The conference aims to bring together health practitioners, youth workers, academics, third sector groups and other such service providers to focus on the question of how we might work together to better support trans young people. We use the term ‘trans’ as a collective term for a range of gender non-conforming experiences including non-binary trans, gender fluid, and gender questioning.

The focus of the day is two-fold: firstly, to identify the range and capacity of groups, services and individuals involved in supporting trans young people and strengthen connections and cooperative links between them. Secondly, to share experiences and examples of good practice in providing support.

There will be presentations in different formats by speakers from a range of organisations describing the support they off er gender variant young people, highlighting:

• different ways that support is delivered

• the aims of the work

• work that goes well and is perceived to be valuable and effective

• how outcomes can be evaluated

• areas of challenge and concern

There will also be ample opportunity for discussion, questioning, networking and learning.

9.30      Welcome and Introductions

9.45    Invited presentations and Q&A

11.15    Coffee break

11.45   Discussion in small groups

12.30   Lunch

1.30     Invited presentations and Q&A

3.00     Discussion in small groups

3.45     Final plenary

4.00    Networking (tea and cakes)

4.30    Close

Ryan Gingell, Allsorts Brighton

Hannah Greenslade & Ellie Sinclair, Gender Space, Barnardo’s, Leeds 

Andy Hunt, Intercom Trust, Exeter

Jo Pearce, Gender Dysphoria Therapeutic Group, Solent CAMHS

Jay Stewart, Gendered Intelligence, London

Lisa Vine, Young Transgender Centre of Excellence, Leicester

This conference will take place on Friday 2 February 2018 at The Tavistock Centre, London from 9.30am - 4.30pm


2 February 2018 09:30 to 16:30

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