The Department of Children of Youth Affairs have launched a LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020. The Strategy is a first for Ireland and for the world and is informed by the views of thousands of young people and by those who work with them and on their behalf. The Strategy's Youth Advisory Group, which consists of 14 committed young people who contributed to the development of the Strategy, also created a youth friendly version of the Strategy in the form of a video.
This is a three-year action-oriented strategy and its mission is to ensure that all LGBTI+ young people are visible, valued and included. The strategy guarantees a cross-governmental approach to put additional measures in place to further enhance the lives of LGBTI+ young people and address some of the key challenges they may face as part of their day-to-day lives. The Strategy will make a significant contribution towards the Government's broader commitment to continue to strive for the full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in Irish society and to build a more inclusive Ireland.
The Strategy revolves around three main goals:
Goal 1: Create a Safe, Supportive and Inclusive Environment for LGBTI+ young people
Goal 2: Improve the Mental, Physical and Sexual Health and Wellbeing of the Entire LGBTI+ Community
Goal 3: Develop the Research and Data Environment to Better Understand the Lives of LGBTI+ Young People
There are 15 objectives and 59 actions are contained within these goals, with the vast majority of Government Departments responsible for leading or assisting in delivering actions within the Strategy. Actions cover a wide variety of areas such as schools, higher education institutions, health and social services, workplaces, youth services and the wider community.