November 23, 2021
November 25, 2021
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 binary gender lines. As a consequence, services often do not engage as effectively with trans service users as they could.
Feedback from surveys of trans people suggests that their experience with services often falls short of 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 affecting trans adults and young people, as well as health, social care and education services.
Working effectively with transgender service users is a pre-recorded on-line learning day with a real time Q&A session, suitable 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.
The sessions, and Q&A, will be delivered by Aedan Wolton, a social worker and specialist health advisor at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, who identifies as trans himself. Aedan has been involved recently in setting up TransPlus, the UK’s first integrated NHS GenderDysphoria, Sexual Health & HIV service.
“The 2011 Advancing Transgender Equality action plan remains largely unimplemented.”
House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee - Transgender Equality report 2015
“Interviews with stakeholders said transgender people have “poor experiences” with services.”
Social worker training on transgender issues is ‘largely deficient’, Luke Stevenson, 23 May 2018
Working effectively with transgender service users is a pre-recorded, on-line learning day with a real time Q&A session, suitable for all service providers, and 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.
Sessions and Q&A will be delivered by Aedan Wolton, a qualified social worker and specialist health adviser at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, who identifies as trans himself. Aedan has been involved recently in setting up TransPlus, the UK’s first integrated NHS GenderDysphoria, Sexual Health & HIV service.
The on-line sessions 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
Agenda (subject to change)
Pre-recorded sessions (each approximately 45 minutes long)
Understanding life from a trans perspective
Working with trans adults
Working with children & young people
Beyond general concepts of equality & diversity
You will be able to access these pre-recorded sessions whenever you wish over a three day period: 23 – 25 November.
This is because we are trying to make it easy for professionals who are juggling caseloads, shifts or working from home.
The Q&A session in real time will last for up to an hour, and will take place at 3.30pm (one fixed time) on 25 November.
- Children and family social workers
- Adults’ social workers
- Health professionals
- Education managers
- Educational psychologists
- Family support services
- Charities supporting vulnerable children
- Probation and prison services
- Housing providers
- Advocates and victim support services
- Leisure and sports services
- Organisations tackling hate crime
£99 + VAT = £118.80
*Team of 3 £275 + VAT = £330
*Team of 5 £425 + VAT = £510
For any queries, including requesting a fee for a larger group, please telephone 0115 9163104
Booking Terms and Conditions
- Delegates will not be able to cancel their places after materials have been e-mailed out (one week before they are able to access the sessions)
- Places must be paid for prior to materials being e-mailed to the delegate
- Delegates may cancel their booking prior to materials being e-mailed out, less an administration fee of 25%
- Substitutions will be accepted but these must be notified in writing
- Due to the significant discounts offered, team bookings are non-cancellable
- Cancellations should be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be acknowledged by return
Confirmation of booking:
Your booking will be confirmed (and invoiced) by e-mail. You will be e-mailed a link to access learning sessions, together with outline information on the training.
The on-line training sessions will be available for a period of three days (23-25) November.
If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.
Aedan is a Specialist Health Adviser at 56 Dean Street, where he leads on developing health and wellbeing services for trans people. As a community member and registered social worker, Aedan has worked at community, strategic and policy levels to improve sexual health & HIV care for trans people both in the UK and internationally. He has provided consultancy on trans health for a number of agencies including Public Health England, The Government Equalities Office, The World Professional Association of Transgender Healthcare, WHO and the United Nations Development Programme. Aedan’s recent academic work explores the wellbeing of trans people who are living with HIV, as well as the use of online sex finder platforms by gay, bisexual and queer trans men.