Why are we doing this research?
The aim of our research is to understand how teachers and school staff are currently being trained to understand the needs of LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, Questioning or Other) young people to better support them and their mental health.
As a result of the research, we aim to improve training available to educators and help them to better support LGBT+ pupils in secondary schools and colleges.
We are also working to understand the challenges which schools and colleges may face in taking up training and creating a safe and supportive school environment for LGBT+ students.
We also aim to make it easier for schools and colleges to access training and to help schools to tailor the support to their student body.
What would taking part involve?
Two ways to get involved as a participant:
Online or Telephone Interview
We want to understand the current school and/or college activities in relation to the following:
- inclusion of LGBT+ issues; involvement of young persons in design/delivery
- intended outcomes
- change mechanisms
- evaluation evidence availability
- factors affecting uptake
A creative online workshop with school and college pupils, co-led by our young researchers to help us identify potential improvements to existing LGBT+ mental health training for school staff.
You can take part in either or both an interview and a creative workshop, if you wish.
Important things to consider before joining as a participant:
Are there any possible risks?
Our research is open to all young people, regardless of how they identify. We understand that some young people who identify with a sexual orientation or gender minority (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer, or other) might not want others or certain people to know. This is an important risk that should be considered.
We will not ask you to disclose your sexual orientation or gender identity as part of the research unless you choose to do so, any information you provide will be kept confidential (private).
Some of the questions may touch on sensitive areas (e.g. experiences of coming out or of friends or pupils coming out at school). If you feel uncomfortable with any questions, you do not have to answer them, and if you experience any distress at any time, you can take a break or stop at any time.
What happens to my Information?
- We will be very careful with any information we collect from you, in accordance to GDPR rules. To understand how to process your data, visit to KCL Statment on use of Personal Data in Research.
- Only the research team will be able to access the information.
- All information and data provided will be completely confidential.
- All data is safely secured under password-protected databases.
- The information will be stored under a pseudonym, rather then your actual name.
- If while taking part, you tell us something that makes us concerned for your or a young persons’ welfare, one of our trained researchers will call you to discuss options for getting you the help that you need or, if necessary, the relevant child protection service.
- If you’re happy to receive study updates, we will use your email to share this with you.
To find out more about how we use your data, please read our Research Data Handling and Confidentiality Conduct.
What if I change my mind about taking part?
You can withdraw your participation at any stage of the process and all information you provided to the study with be destroyed. If you wish to withdraw then no further data will be collected about you or any other research procedures will be carried out in relation to you. Please note however that if you do wish to withdraw your data from the study that the information collected about you up until one month after the interview may be retained as the research team will start their analyses after which your information will be synthesised if not withdrawn before then.