FOR TRUSTED ADULTS
Welcome to The Proud Trust’s resources for Trusted Adults of LGBT+ children and young people. If you are an LGBT+ young person looking for information or support, check out our pages for young people here!
Who is a ‘Trusted Adult’?
The service has been developed and created for any adult who has a trusted relationship with a young person. This could be a parent or carer, a schoolteacher, sports coach, bus driver, hairdresser, shopkeeper or anyone who has regular interactions with a young person.
If you feel there is something specific to your role or interactions with children and young people that isn’t covered in the resources, please do get in touch and let us know or use the web chat function to talk it through with one of our operators.
On these pages, you will find some helpful information which will hopefully help you in supporting the LGBT+ young people you are in contact with. These resources cover a range of different things such as exploring LGBT+ identities, LGBT+ inclusion and how to support young people coming out as LGBT+. You’ll also find information and biographies of LGBT+ people within ‘LGBT+ Icons’.
These pages are intended to give you a deeper understanding of LGBT+ identities and also provide information about how to support LGBT+ young people. We hope this will lead to more informed, open and supportive conversations with children and young people about LGBT+ identities.
Don’t be afraid of telling young people that you don’t know the answer and that you’ll find out, or maybe find out together!
You can use this website and the websites of our friends in the LGBT+ youth sector (who are linked throughout these pages) to find out more about the LGBT+ community and start to have open and informed conversations with the children and young people you interact with.
If you are struggling to find something to help you on these pages, or need more support or guidance, you can also use Proud Connections Live Chat.
The live chat will be open 12pm – 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays
You are not alone – support is out there and that goes for you and the children and young people you interact with.
Questioning your sexuality or gender identity can be a lot to process for children and young people, it is also a lot to process as the Trusted Adult of an LGBT+ young person – so don’t be afraid to seek support. Speak to us via the Proud Connections web chat or look up your local groups on the ‘Groups’ page of this site. There are people, groups and services out there to support you!