We invite youth work managers and directors, youth workers, and youth work leaders to complete the survey. It should take less than 20 minutes to complete.

The purpose of the research is to understand the equality, inclusion and diversity policy landscape in the Irish youth work sector. Our survey asks about policies, procedural documents or practice guidelines – i.e. whatever formal method you use to plan, document and guide your inclusive youth work practice, and more specifically your inclusion of LGBTI+ young people.

NYCI’s Equality and Intercultural Programme, along with our member, BeLonG To Youth Services, Ireland’s National LGBTI+ youth organisation, want to support youth work organisations to ensure that youth services are welcoming, safe and inclusive of all young people, including LGBTI+ young people. Policies send out a strong message to young people, staff and volunteers, that LGBTI+ people are valued and equal members of the community and that they will be supported within the youth work setting. One part of this work is developing and implementing effective organisational policies, procedures and plans and ensuring they are LGBTI+ inclusive. Making specific reference to diversity and difference (sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sex characteristics [SOGIESC]) in youth work service policies sends an important message to all young people, volunteers and staff, including LGBTI+ young people, volunteers and staff, that they are valued and equal members of the community and that they will be supported within the youth work setting.

Together, with BeLonG To Youth Services, NYCI believes that an LGBTI+ policy can and should sit within an organisations wider equality, inclusion and diversity policy/procedures/guidelines document and/or Strategic Plan.

NYCI is named in the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy as a support organisation for the youth work sector in developing LGBTI+ policies. Therefore, this research is designed to guide us at NYCI in creating our response to the youth work sector and to inform our continuing work with BeLonG To Youth Services – i.e. to develop and deliver trainings, to offer 1 to 1 guidance on writing a policy, to develop further resources, or offer other supports that suit the youth work sector’s needs in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion.

We know that equality and inclusion policy development in the youth work sector is varied and that policy development does not necessarily reflect the actual practice in any one organisation. For this reason this survey looks at both practice and policy.

Please answer the questions honestly, as they serve to help us understand how we can help youth work organisations around their needs moving forward. The survey is anonymous – unless you choose to leave contact details for us to follow up on any requests for support. It should take less than 20 minutes to complete and you should not need any documents to hand to complete it.

Grounding our approach to the need for LGBTI+ inclusive policies and procedures is the knowledge that many of us are working with young people who have not disclosed their identity yet. Whether someone chooses to come out or not, or is currently attending your service or not, young LGBTI+ people should feel fully supported by youth work services. This is why we believe it is important to create a policy around diversity and inclusion that assumes the presence of LGBTI+ young people in our organisations.

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* 1. I feel I comfortably understand language and terminology relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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* 2. Does your organisation deliver programmes that consciously support inclusion, diversity and respect?

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* 3. Does your organisation deliver programmes that consciously include the needs and identities of LGBTI+ youth?

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* 4. Does your organisation support trans, non-binary, or questioning young people in any of the following ways (you can tick multiple boxes or none)?

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* 5. Does your organisation's equality, inclusion and diversity policy/procedures/guidelines and/or statement of practice mention adapting programmes and services to make them accessible for all, which would encompass some of the ways listed in the last question?

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* 6. Does your organisation provides access to diversity and inclusion training to it's staff and volunteers (you can tick multiple boxes)

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* 7. Do you feel the training:

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* 8. Do you feel your organisation effectively communicates it is a safer space for someone to express their gender identity or sexual orientation (ie. through a range of initiatives your organisation has undertaken such as visuals, culture, language, and awareness trainings)?

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* 9. Do you feel respect and tolerance for diversity is reflected in reality?

To be honest, no. Somewhat yes, somewhat no. Yes, our youth service is fully inclusive of all service users, participants, staff and parent(s), irrespective of their gender identity or sexual orientation.
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