Respect can be defined as ‘due regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of other people.’ Therefore, respect is important to protect youth rights and support mental health and wellbeing.
When the principles of Safety and Agency are upheld, young people feel respected.
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This looks like:
LGBTQ+ young people feeling able to speak and being actively and carefully listened to; treating LGBTQ+ young peoples’ knowledge about their own needs, experiences and feelings as important; and giving clear and transparent information about what to expect from a service.
When this is not achieved LGBTQ+ young people can feel DISMISSED
Ben* (young person) said “this service has been one of the only support services I’ve ever found helpful personally, especially compared to counselling from NHS services :o( I think a big part of the difference is how the staff at [site] treat young people, they really listen to your problems and respect you whereas often in other services I’ve felt disregarded.”
*These quotations use pseudonyms and have been anonymised to protect participant’s identity.