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AKT supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

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AKT’s approach to research is to actively address the scarcity of quality, real world studies which can:

  • Inform our work and lead to more appropriate and needs focused services for LGBT young people
  • Help lobby for change in attitudes, behaviours within society and within legislature in order to challenge homophobia and transphobia

AKT is developing a programme of research to address what we see as our key priorities:

  1. Identify the level of LGBT youth homelessness across UK
  2. Develop a case for support by identifying more coherently the needs of LGBT young people who are homeless or living in hostile environments; and from this provide a model of how these needs might be addressed within mainstream and specialist provision

In 2008 AKT undertook a groundbreaking piece of research examining mainstream providers approach to supporting LGBT young people, focusing on 12 national, regional and local housing and homelessness services. Please click on the link below for the executive summary

Research Report - Executive Summary

In 2014 / 2015 we undertook the most comprehensive study in youth LGBT homelessness in the UK. Working with Wayne Bateman, an experienced researcher, we have examined the causes of youth LGBT homelessness as well as the longer term repercussions of family rejection.

As a result of the study AKT has made some bold recommendations to local and national government, housing providers and those working in the LGBT sector.

  • the government to hold local authorities and housing providers accountable for the accurate and consistent collection, monitoring and application of sexual/gender identity data, using standardised assessments administered by trained staff.
  • local authorities to conduct a thorough review of their housing options, policies and procedures to ensure services are appropriate for, and inclusive of, homeless LGBT young people.
  • all housing Providers to provide training to staff to understand the unique needs of homeless LGBT youth.
  • housing providers to provide staff with LGBT-specific training to ensure that practitioners understand the unique needs of this population of homeless young people.

Click here to read the report LGBT YOUTH HOMELESSNESS: A UK National Scoping of Cause, Prevelence, Response and Outcome.

If you are a researcher interested in working with AKT as a volunteer; helping us develop our programme of work please contact our Comms Officer - media@akt.org.uk

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