A children’s charity has received a special award which recognises the hard work and achievements of staff in services in Fife.
Barnardo’s Scotland was delighted to receive the Foundations level LGBT Charter Award from LGBT Youth Scotland.
The award recognises the hard work and achievement of staff in services in Fife, making sure services are inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Barnardo’s Scotland services in Fife offer a range of services including fostering and adoption service and family support, children’s rights and advocacy, counselling service to parents and carer; befriending service and offers substance misuse education to school pupils in Fife in S7, P2 and P3 and supports children and families where substance misuse has impacted on the family.
Brandi Lee Lough Dennell, Policy and Research manager at LGBT Youth Scotland, said: “Barnardo’s Scotland has taken a very positive approach and should be very proud to be the first national organisation from the children and young people’s sector to achieve the Foundations LGBT Charter.
“From working with Barnardo’s Scotland, on the LGBT Charter and through the children and young people’s sector, it is clear that the charity truly lives the organisation’s values.”
Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland, said: “We are delighted to receive the Foundations LGBT Charter; it has been a true team effort with staff from across the charity working together.
“While we had many examples of good practices at the beginning of our charter journey, our services continued to make the necessary changes, taking steps to improve experience in response to staff surveys or public engagement and take action to combat prejudice and discrimination, and engage with LGBT people.
“This is by no means the end of the journey, but a mark of how far we have come, we look forward to maintaining the values of the Foundations LGBT Charter Mark Award across Barnardo’s Scotland.”
Some of the strengths identified in Barnardo’s Scotland’s submission included: A high number of staff attending LGBT awareness training across the organisation with 82 per cent of staff in three participating localities having received training; All policies meeting the requirements of the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act; Safezone Allies network – a great example of clearly displaying to service users and professionals that Barnardo’s Scotland is a safe and inclusive environment and a strong Equality & Human Rights Impact assessment tool for use in services.
The charity is committed to continue the positive work to ensure staff are equipped to address and support young people supported by the charity. Barnardo’s Scotland staff in the charity’s services in Fife and other stores and retail managers across Scotland have attended LGBT awareness training. LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community-based organisation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland.