Sheffield City Council has become the first council authority in the country to be awarded Gold in the Stonewall Children and Young People Services Champion Award (CYPS).
The council scored an impressive 128 out of a possible 130 points.
Stonewall created the CYPS award in early 2019 to help local councils to support vulnerable LGBT+ young people and children and improve their wellbeing.
Councillor Jackie Drayton said: “This award recognises the outstanding partnership working by the council and its partners SayiT, Sheffield’s LGBT+ Young People’s charity and Learn Sheffield, our school improvement partnership and the range of activities we have done and delivered.”
These activities include LGBT+ training for foster carers, school staff and youth service managers, trans awareness training, with over 400 employees already trained, 1-2-1 LGBT+ training for 400 staff working with children and young people, a student emotional well-being resource for schools and colleges.
Stonewall’s Senior Children Young Person Program Manager, Sarah Rose, who gave the Gold award to Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield City Council has worked hard to put LGBT+ inclusion at the heart of all they do.”
“We know how critical it can be for LGBT+ young people to have services they can turn to when they are in need.”
“This award recognises Sheffield City Council, SayiT, and Learn Sheffield’s effort and commitment to making the world a better place for LGBT+ young people.”
National statistics show the urgent need for LGBT+ support services.
With 84% of transgender young people have self-harmed; for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people who are not transgender, 61% have self-harmed and half of LGBT+ pupils hear homophobic slurs ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ at school and have reported being bullied at school.
Sheffield has a proud history of supporting the LGBT+ community as one of only two local authorities to have featured in the Top Ten of every Stonewall Education Equality Index since 2011.
Sheffield City Council also carried an amendment yesterday that calls for LGBT+ inclusive education to be mandatory in all schools in Sheffield.