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Safe & Respected Policy, Best Practices, & Guidance for Serving Transgender & Gender Non-Conforming

This guide is organized by the key areas of need for transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) children and youth.

The guide includes:
•  A brief overview of the barriers that TGNC children and youth are currently facing while in Children’s
Services’ care;
•  A glossary of terms commonly used when discussing TGNC people found in Section 29;
•  An overview of Children’s Services’ commitment to providing culturally competent care for TGNC children
and youth. Cultural competence refers to an ability to interact and work effectively with people of
different cultures, socio-economic experiences, and backgrounds;
•  An issue-by-issue guide to providing inclusive care, including:
•  Excerpts of the Children’s Services’ policies related to serving TGNC children and youth,
•  Best practices for service provision that are consistent with these policies,
•  Strategies for implementing these policies with fidelity, and
•  Common missteps to avoid when working with TGNC children and youth.
At the end of this guide, you will find appendixes with resources and referrals that will be of use in supporting
the transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth with whom you presently work, or will work
with in the future. For further guidance on supporting TGNC youth in Children’s Services’ care, please contact
the LGBTQ point person for your site, or the Children’s Services’ Office of LGBTQ Policy and Practice.

Click the link below to view the guide in its entirety.


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