B.3: Speaking OUT: Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems
LGBTQ2S+ young people are vulnerable. Studies show that they are overrepresented in the youth homeless population and have higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, self-harm, suicide and contracting sexually transmitted diseases. The Office of Child and Youth Advocate recently released a Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ young people involved with child intervention and youth justice systems. Through listening to young people and stakeholders we learned about what is working and what can be done better. This presentation will outline the findings from this report. It will give attendees an opportunity to learn from the experiences of LGBTQ2S+ young people in government care and gain concrete tools to apply to their practice in order to better serve this population. There will be opportunities for small group discussions and questions throughout the presentation.