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We are pleased to announce that University of Birmingham is undertaking a project aimed at improving the LGBTQ+ young people’s experiences of social care, working with the What Works Centre for Children Social Care and other What Works Centres. 

The LGBTQ+ Young People in Social Care project includes two linked studies: the first will qualitatively assess the experiences of LGBTQ+ youth in residential care, the second will evaluate an LGBTQ+ training programme for social workers working with LGBTQ+ young people. While we have some understanding of the difficulties of LGBTQ+ young people’s lives, there are significant gaps in our understanding, particularly about their social care experiences. This project will be the first in the UK to gather experiences of LGBTQ+ young people in residential care, and to understand what works and what needs to change to improve LGBTQ knowledge for social workers. 

Both studies will be co-produced, working with stakeholder groups including youth, carers, social workers, support organisations and policymakers that are connected to LGBTQ+ young people. 

The project is led by Dr Jason Schaub (PI) and Professor Paul Montgomery (co-I) from the School of Social Policy, University of Birmingham. 

What Work’s for Children’s Social Care (WWCSC) seeks better outcomes for children, young people and families by bringing together the best available evidence to practitioners and other decision makers across the children’s social care sector. WWCSC belongs to a group of What Works Centres which are together, aiming to better understand the evidence base around LGBTQ+ issues, contribute to efforts to improve data and evaluate interventions which support LGBTQ+ communities. 

For further information, please contact Dr Jason Schaub.