Social work with trans people
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Welcome to Learn on the go, a Community Care Inform podcast where we discuss what the latest research, practice models and policy guidance mean to your practice.

In this episode, we discuss social work with transgender people.
The experts are Julie Fish, chair of social work and health inequalities at De Montfort University, Leicester, and Matty Donaldson, youth work and peer support coordinator at The Proud Trust, a charity that supports LGBT+ young people.

1:03 - 7:45: Julie and Matty discuss the definitions of key terms, including transgender, gender fluid and gender expression.

7:52 - 12:40: Julie and Matty explain some common misconceptions about what it means to be trans – eg that transition necessarily means changing the physical body to match one’s sense of gender.

12:53 - 26:30: The experts discuss types of discrimination trans people can face from social workers and social care services, whether the type of discrimination can depend on what age you are, and specific types of discrimination people can face in residential care services.

26:44 - end of the podcast: What does good social work with trans people look like? Julie and Matty provide some key practical tips.

Fish, J (2012)
Social work and lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people: Making a difference
Bristol: The Policy Press

Fish, J and Karban, K (eds) (2015)
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans health inequalities: International perspectives in Social Work
Bristol: The Policy Press

Hudson-Sharp, N (2018)
Transgender awareness in child and family social work education: research report
National Institute of Economic and Social Research

Pullen Sansfaçon, A; Robichaud, M J and Dumais-Michaud, A A (2015)
'The Experience of Parents Who Support Their Children's Gender Variance'
Journal of LGBT Youth, Volume 12, Issue 1

Resources (accessed 2018)
The Proud Trust

Trans Youth in Care (accessed 2018)
LGBT Youth in Care

Willis, P and Raithby, M
Trans* Ageing and Care
University of Swansea

Youth group finder tool (accessed 2018)
The Proud Trust
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