F-07 - Ensuring Safe & Affirming Care for Washington’s LGBTQ System-Involved Youth   Intermediate

  Legal   Diversity

The eQuality Project at the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) has spent the year engaging over 200 judicial officers, attorneys, court appointed special advocates, child welfare and juvenile justice professionals, and other stakeholders in developing the Protocol for Safe & Affirming Care ("PSAC"). The PSAC serves as a guideline for ensuring safe and affirming care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning ("LGBTQ") youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Its impetus was eQuality's 2015 report, "Listening to Their Voices," which was the first research effort focused specifically on system-involved LGBTQ youth in Washington.

This session will begin with brief overviews of the key findings of “Listening to Their Voices” and the process through which eQuality used a consensus based approach to developing the PSAC. The session will then cover the principles and model policies that form the PSAC and provide participants opportunities to use the protocol and their collective knowledge to engage in case studies.

Learning Objectives:
1. Acquire a general understanding of some of the common experiences of Washington’s LGBTQ youth involved in the child welfare, as well juvenile justice systems.
2. Increase their knowledge of the ways in which they can ensure safe & affirming care for LGBTQ+ system-involved youth.
3. Practice working with others to apply the PSAC and their collective knowledge in case studies.