The LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020 was launched on 29th June by Minister Zappone of Dept of Children and Youth Affairs. This Strategy is a first for Ireland and for the world and was informed by the views of thousands of young people and by those who work with them, and on their behalf.
An oversight committee, independently chaired by Una Mullally, was established to oversee the development of the strategy. This committee comprised representatives from government departments, LGBTI+ advocacy organisations, members of the Youth Advisory Group and others with expertise relevant to the development of the strategy. The HSE was represented on the Oversight Committee by Diane Nurse of the National Social Inclusion Office.
It guarantees a cross-governmental approach to put additional measures in place to further enhance the lives of LGBTI+ young people and address some of the key challenges they may face as part of their day-to-day lives.
The Strategy will make a significant contribution towards the Government's broader commitment to continue to strive for the full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in Irish society and to build a more inclusive Ireland.
The Strategy revolves around three main goals:
Goal 1: Create a Safe, Supportive and Inclusive Environment for LGBTI+ young people
Goal 2: Improve the Mental, Physical and Sexual Health and Wellbeing of the Entire LGBTI+ Community
Goal 3: Develop the Research and Data Environment to Better Understand the Lives of LGBTI+ Young People
15 objectives and 59 actions are contained within these goals, with the vast majority of Government Departments responsible for leading or assisting in delivering actions within the Strategy.
Actions cover a wide variety of areas such as schools, higher education institutions, health and social services, workplaces, youth services and the wider community.
A number of actions have been assigned to the HSE and further contact will be made with relevant HSE Divisions and areas around progressing these.