Unfortunately, there is overwhelming evidence that LGBT+ children and young people are more likely to be victims of bullying in educational settings, at home, and in their communities compared to their non-LGBT+ peers. They are also more likely to experience mental health issues, unstable housing, substance misuse problems, and a lack of LGBT+ inclusive Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).
Who can support these LGBT+ and exploring children and young people?
Allsorts is a Sussex based charity that listens to, supports and connects children and young people (5-25) who are LGBT+ or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Allsorts provide the following services:
- LGBT+ Youth Support Service
- LGBT+ Family Support Service
- LGBT+ Youth Support & Education Service for Schools – email for more information about the types of support Allsorts can offer in schools
- LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training (for schools, colleges and organisations)
Allsorts’ specialist support goes a long way to addressing the issues that many LGBT+ children and young people face and helps them improve their wellbeing and their lives in general. The support offered is delivered within age-appropriate conversations, activities and workshops during Allsorts youth groups and one-to-one support sessions.
Allsorts believes in the importance of providing LGBT+ children and young people with an LGBT+ safer space, and positive role modelling from confident LGBT+ adults.
Allsorts’ approach is to work in collaboration with other services to enable children and young people to engage with the wider community, and not just with LGBT+ specific services or organisations.
Allsorts offer some useful resources for children and young people and their families and the professionals supporting them
If you are not sure who to contact, email Allsorts information.