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Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

2017

Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems

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This report was published by the Office of the Child & Youth Advocate Alberta.

HERE’S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:

The focus of this report was on LGBTQ2S+ young people involved with the child welfare and/or youth justice systems. This report started with a full review of relevant literature and research, and blessings from Indigenous Elders from each of the treaty areas (6, 7, and 8). An External Advisory Panel of stakeholders from across Alberta with expert knowledge on issues impacting LGBTQ2S+ children and youth provided advice and feedback throughout the writing of this report. This, along with our experience working with LGTBQ2S+ young people, gave us the background needed for this report.

From January 2017 to July 2017, information was collected from almost 300 stakeholders through focus groups, interviews, and online surveys. Young people, Elders, caregivers, and other caring professionals or stakeholders shared their perspectives about what was important to them.

The intent of this Special Report is not to find fault with specific individuals, but to identify and advocate for system improvements that will help enhance the overall safety and wellbeing of children and young people who are receiving designated services.

Office of the Child & Youth Advocate Alberta. (2017). Speaking OUT: A Special Report on LGBTQ2S+ Young People in the Child Welfare and Youth Justice Systems. Edmonton, AB: Author. Retrieved from https://www.ocya.alberta.ca/adult/news/special-report-speaking-out/

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