Parents & Carers

Why are we doing this research?

The aim of STEP Study is to improve existing training for schools to better support the needs of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Questioning and other) pupils as a key way to help prevent poor mental health and enhance well-being in this group.

Importantly, we want to improve support for young people from all backgrounds, including racial, ethnic and religious minority groups,
as well as those from low-income families.

We would like to understand what school pupils (whether or not they identify as LGBT+) and staff think is important for school staff to know.
We also want to understand what makes it easier or more difficult for schools to access this training. 

What would be involved for your child?

Word of Mouth

One-to-one & Group Discussions

Online focus groups (group discussions) with school and college pupils aged 13-19 years to see which staff training needs they think are most important. These will be co-led by young researchers. 

If they would rather not talk in a group, they can choose to talk to a researcher in a one-to-one discussion (an interview), or an interview co-led by a researcher and another young person.

Creative Workshop

A creative online workshop with school and college pupils, co-led by our young researchers to help us identify improvements to existing training for school and college staff.

You can find out more information on what it means for your child to take part as a participant here.

Parental & Carers Consent

Anyone who is a school and college pupil, aged 13-19 years old can take part in the study. 

If your child is under the age of 16, we will require your prior consent and their assent before they can take part as a participant in our research.

Learn more about your child taking part

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