A thread from 14th September 2021
Objectives "..included involving young people in the delivery of 'parental training', educating parents about the 'intersectionality of LGBTI+ and autism'..." Funded under LGBTI+ capacity building initiative by Tusla & Dept of Children and Youth Affairs
"In May, Roderic O’Gorman, the children’s minister, marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia by providing €150,000 for various providers under the 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme." 3/5
"The Department of Children and Youth Affairs said the scheme was a collaboration between the department and Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. 'The scheme aims to support family support services in their work with LGBTI+ young people and their families... 4/5
The scheme funds evidence-based LGBTI+ training and guidelines for family support professionals and youth services, with a focus on trans and gender-related issues,' the department said." 5/5
Women's Space Ireland asked the Department:
How did the Department satisfy itself that the €150,000 given to various providers under the 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme was funding “evidence-based LGBTI+ training and guidelines for family support professionals and youth services, with a focus on trans and gender-related issues”?
What action has the Department taken on foot of the story carried in The Times on Tuesday relating to Amach!LGBT Galway and Galway Autism Partnership?
The Department replied on September 21st:
In 2021 the Department, in collaboration with Tusla, provided funding of €150,000 to the 2021 LGBTI+ Capacity Building Grant Scheme. This scheme aims to build capacity among Family Support Services and Youth Services working with children and young people, to ensure that professionals working with children and young people have the capacity to deal with any LGBTI+ issues or LGBTI+ young people they come into contact with.
A Selection Committee comprising officials from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and from Tusla reviewed all submitted applications and graded each section in accordance with the criteria. The criteria included evidence of need, capacity to deliver and additionality. Applications that successfully met these criteria were awarded the grant.
In relation to the event in Galway, the Department understands that this has now been postponed.