Bringing gender and sexuality awareness and understanding into social work

30/03/2021 09:00 - 10:00

Many practitioners and services are keen to improve their equality, diversion and inclusion but what does this look like in practice? Research shows that LGBTQ+ issues are often missing from social work education and practitioners can lack confidence in knowing whether someone’s sexuality and gender identity is ‘private’ or should be considered when assessing and working with social care needs, let alone supporting young people and adults who may face specific or exacerbated risks because of how their sexuality or gender identity is viewed. This session covers:

  • Why social workers should bring awareness of sexuality and gender into work with all children and adults, and how to do this sensitively.
  • The knowledge you need to make your practice more LGBTQ+ inclusive.
  • Examples of what inclusive practice might look like in different situations.

Dr Jason Schaub, lecturer in social work, University of Birmingham

Alex Greenchester, social worker, AMHP (approved mental health professional) and BIA (best interest assessor)