Affirmation Plans / on the same page

Description

Affirmation Plans / on the same page: At Working It Out (Tasmania‰’s gender, sexuality, and intersex status support and education service) we developed Affirmation Plans aimed at ensuring the safety of individuals who are socially transitioning in our schools. We have used these plans in primary, secondary schools across the state. The plans involve in consultation with students, families, school leadership teams, and relevant teachers. Background: The need for the affirmation plan came of the back of hard learnings. We also acknowledge nothing we do or develop is without collaborators. The plan itself has been informed by the former Safe Schools Vic team, and other LGBTI organizations such GSLEN in the states. The Affirmation Plan template is a dialogical tool assisting in creating understandings and agreed actions that will safeguard individuals who are part of the LGBTI community. Affirmation plans focus on expressed needs of the individual who is socially transitioning. The work starts with the individual and members of the support staff, or a ‰’family‰’ member. It is work that takes time. It is also only one aspect of a whole of school approach. Other aspects of our work include Professional Learning, Community education, and the establishment of LGBTIQA+ Diversity Groups (open to ALL students). This work is the extension of the work we have been doing for close to twenty years, and informed more recently by our involvement in the Safe School program. Our work focuses on creating visibility, and valuing diversity in relation to gender, sexuality and bodies.

Presenters

Xris Reardon | xris@workingitout.org.au

Xris Reardon is a member of the LGBTI community. They are also the current LGBTI Schools Inclusion Officer at WIO (Tasmania). Xris work across the state in primary, secondary, and colleges contexts. Prior to this role Xris was working at the Safe Schools Project Officer (also at WIO). Xris has a background in Narrative Therapy and Community Work, Community Cultural Development and is also a Community Theatre. Their pronouns are they/them. Kai Chambers is a member of the Tasmania LGBTI community. He worked as a teachers assistant. He is also an admin for Transgender Tasmania; a online social and support group. He also is starting up a feedback mechanism to respond to a call in the community to give voice to concerns about the way ‘expert’ practitioners are engaging with trans and gender diverse people.

 

Kai Chambers

Kai Chambers is a member of the Tasmania LGBTI community. He worked as a teachers assistant. He is also an admin for Transgender Tasmania; a online social and support group. He also is starting up a feedback mechanism to respond to a call in the community to give voice to concerns about the way ‘expert’ practitioners are engaging with trans and gender diverse people.