Teen Sense: Model Staff Training Standards Focusing on the needs of LGBTQ Youth

The Teen SENSE Model Staff Training Standards Focusing on the Needs of Youth in State Custody are designed to ensure that all staff of foster care, detention, and other government operated and regulated youth facilities are equipped to understand and protect the health and well-being of all youth, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

These standards should serve as a guide for staff at every level of child welfare and juvenile justice agencies, from medical service providers to security personnel, who should be trained on the rights of all youth to freedom from all forms of discrimination, and to health, sexual and reproductive autonomy, and safety. The standards also reflect the need for universal staff competence in communicating with and advising all youth.

Under the Model Staff Training Standards, staff's responsibilities include: being able to identify the effects of stigma or discrimination on LGBTQ or HIV-positive youth's health; understanding their responsibilities to provide comprehensive physical and mental health services to all youth in a respectful manner; maintaining confidentiality and an atmosphere of safety and acceptance; ensuring access to services and social events consistent with LGBTQ youth's interests and communities with which they identify; and abiding by the relevant laws and agency policies established to support all youth.

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