SPECIAL REPORT: LGBTQ2S YOUTH

Survey from Office of the Child and Youth Advocate

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate is preparing a Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ young people.

If you are you a young person who identifies as LGBTQ2S+ and
is receiving Child Intervention Services and/or involved with the youth justice system

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If you are you a service provider providing services to LGBTQ2S+ children and youth (specifically those involved in the child welfare or youth justice systems)

Please visit this link to complete the online survey: http://www.ocya.alberta.ca/rainbow-flag/

…Did you know:

LGBTQ2S+ children and youth have specific vulnerabilities, needs and circumstances that require particular attention.

LGBTQ2S+ young people often experience harassment, stigma and rejection while in care and these experiences largely contribute to placement instability, running away, social and emotional problems and limited support networks.

Up to 40 percent of homeless youth belong to the LGBTQ2S+ population. One study found that LGBTQ2S+ youth face approximately 14 times the risk of suicide and substance abuse than heterosexual peers.

In Canada, where individuals are protected against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, LGBTQ2S+ youth receiving services have a right to be respected as well, to have policies and procedures in place that ensure their safety and well-being.

The OCYA is working with community stakeholders who also work with and advocate for LGBTQ2S+ young people. Some of these stakeholders are a part of an advisory group (including youth representatives) who will provide advice and expertise to this Special Report process.

It is our hope that this Special Report will provide meaningful recommendations to improve the experiences and outcomes for LGBTQ2S+ young people as they come into contact with child welfare and youth justice….

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