Working effectively with transgender service users

3 October

Leeds
PRICE

Speakers

Start

October 3, 2019 - 9:30 am

End

October 3, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Address

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN   View map




Please note: we have used the term ‘trans’ or ‘transgender’ as shorthand for a complex set of identities which includes non-binary, non-gendered and intersex

 

Gender identity and being transgender (or ‘trans’) has high visibility in the media these days. A positive outcome of this is that trans people have ‘moved up the policy agenda’, and there is probably greater acceptance from the general population. Conversely, there has been a spike in hate crime against trans people, and debate – including within the LGBT community – about how far their rights extend.

Trans people have a gender identity which differs from that of their (assigned) birth sex, and can take a wide diversity of forms. This complexity is one of the barriers which prevents service providers feeling confident in working with trans people. Other barriers include insufficient training, a lack of useful guidance, and services which tend to be run along clear gender lines. As a consequence, services often do not engage effectively with trans service users.

 

Feedback from surveys of trans people suggests that their experience with public services does not meet their expectations. It is therefore important that service providers are able to think beyond general concepts of equality and diversity to understand the needs of this very complex group.

Criminal justice services, housing and leisure services all need a working understanding of issues facing trans people, as well as health, social care and education services.

Working effectively with transgender service users is a learning day for all service providers which will offer the opportunity to get a good understanding of what it means to be transgender, what particular issues may be faced by trans young people and adults, and how services can be made more accessible to, and effective for, trans people.

Working effectively with transgender service users will be delivered by Aedan Wolton, a former social worker. Aedan is a health advisor at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and is a co-director of cliniQ, a health and wellbeing service for trans people in Soho, London. Identifying as trans himself, Aedan will provide a welcoming forum in which participants can feel at ease to ask the difficult questions. See About the day and Agenda pages for detail.

 

 

 

 

Working effectively with transgender service users is a learning day for all service providers which will offer the opportunity to get a good understanding of what it means to be transgender, what particular issues may be faced by trans young people and adults, and how services can be made more accessible to, and effective for, trans people.

Working effectively with transgender service users will be delivered by Aedan Wolton, a former social worker. Aedan is a health advisor at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and is a co-director of cliniQ, a health and wellbeing service for trans people in Soho, London. Identifying as trans himself, Aedan will provide a welcoming forum in which participants can feel at ease to ask the difficult questions.

The learning day will seek to address a number of important areas for professionals working with trans service users:

  • Getting past the terms and acronyms: understanding what transgender means to people who identify as such
  • What the law says on transgender – legal definitions under the Gender Recognition Act 2004, spousal consent, gender recognition and age
  • Beyond general concepts of equality and diversity – the need to be specific to trans people – getting the basics right
  • Guidance – and gaps – on working with trans service users
  • Children and young people who identify as trans
    • Working with children who identify as trans and their families
    • Helping trans young people cope with external environments like school
  • Key issues for trans people:
    • Hate crime
    • Self-harming and suicide
    • Issues relating to gender re-assignment – legal status, medication and medical procedures… or not
    • Equality Act and separate-sex/single-sex services
  • Case study examples
  • Q&A

Aedan Wolton is a former social worker, and a co-director of cliniQ, a health and wellbeing service for trans people in Soho, London. In his day-to-day role, Aedan is also a Specialist Health Advisor at Europe’s busiest sexual health clinic, 56 Dean (which host’s cliniQ’s GUM/HIV services).

As a researcher, Aedan is currently involved in a pan-European study of trans people living with HIV, as well as a psychology-based exploration of trans men’s experiences of utilising gay dating apps. Aedan identifies as trans himself, and is passionate about improving trans inclusion. He is involved in service design at a strategic level, as well as working internationally on the Word Professional Association of Transgender Health’s Standard of Care (which are currently awaiting publication).


Agenda (subject to change)

There will be Q&A opportunities in all sessions

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.15

Welcome, introductions and aims of the day

10.15 – 11.00

Understanding life from a transgender perspective

  • The different constructions of trans
  • How the law impacts trans people
  • Myth busting
  • What is ‘normal life’ for a trans person?

11.00 – 11.30

Beyond general concepts of equality and diversity

  • Basic do’s and don’ts
  • Existing guidance on working with trans people
  • Mind the gaps!

11.30 – 11.55

Coffee

11.55 – 12.55

Children and young people who identify as trans

  • Fashion or reality?
  • When are children old enough?
  • Working with young people and their families
  • Making environments safer (eg school and leisure facilities)
  • Case studies

12.55 – 13.50

Lunch

13.50 – 14.50

Good practice working with trans adults

  • Families (especially children) of trans adults
  • What is involved in gender re-assignment (legal and personal)
  • Problems around the Equality Act and separate sex services

14.50 – 15.00

Quick tea break

15.00– 15.45

Key issues for trans people including hate crime and self-harm/suicide

15.45

Close of session

  • Children and family social workers
  • Adults’ social workers
  • Health professionals
  • Schools
  • Education managers
  • Educational psychologists
  • Family support services
  • Charities supporting vulnerable children
  • Police
  • Probation and prison services
  • Housing providers
  • Advocates and victim support services
  • Leisure and sports services
  • Organisations tackling hate crime

Delegate fee:

 £130 + VAT = £156

*Team of 3 (3rd person attends for half price) £325 + VAT = £390

*Team of 5 (5th person attends for free) £520 + VAT = £624

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.

 

Included in the delegate package:

  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments available throughout the day

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 12 September 2019 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

Team bookings are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.

CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO conferences@ccclimited.org.uk AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.

 

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

The learning day will take place at Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds

The full address is

Thackray Medical Museum
141 Beckett Street
Leeds
LS9 7LN 

T: 0113 205 6525

W: http://www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk/

The Thackray Medical Museum is next to St James’s Hospital in Leeds, two miles from the city centre and easily reached by road and public transport.

Map and directions can also be found at this link: https://www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk/visit/

Public Transport

It is approximately 10 minute taxi ride from Leeds Rail Station

Frequent bus services run from Leeds city centre. Numbers 16, 42, 49, 50, and 50A all stop nearby.

Travel by car

If travelling by road via the M621, follow the signs for York (A64) then follow the brown tourist signs.

From the north, take the A58 towards Leeds, and then follow the brown tourist signs.

Parking

There is an onsite Pay and Display car park for Museum visitors as well as conference delegates, which has room for 120 cars. The spaces are available on a first come first served basis. Please have the correct change as the machines do not give change and they do not take notes. Alternatively you can pay using your mobile phone & card (admin charge applies) details on the machines. Anyone attending a full day conference/event pays just £4. Please pay as normal at the machine and obtain an extension permit from the car park attendant to display in your vehicle.

There are four parking spaces for Blue Badge holders, which are also allocated on a first come first served basis and are free of charge.

Alternative parking is available at St James’s Hospital multi-storey car park on Beckett Street (5mins walk). In addition, there are also two pay and display car parks within a few minutes walk. However, these car parks have their own charges and hourly rates as they are not associated with the Museum.