The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award
Funded by The Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Welcome to The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award!
The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award (TASSA) aims to support young people’s services who are working with LGBT+ young people. TASSA will provide specialist skills and knowledge with over 20 years of experience of working with LGBT+Young people. TASSA focuses on including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and unsure young people and recognising the unique experiences and challenges that these identities bring.
TASSA encourages and empowers participating organisations to examine and self-assess six key areas of operation, with a view to amending, improving or implementing inclusive practices that assure safer spaces for LGBT+ children and young people.
The areas include:
- Staff & volunteers
- Service users
- Facilities & environment
- Policy & procedures
- Culture & ethos
- Data & information
TASSA is anchored by The Equality Act, The UN Rights of the Child and robust best practice guidelines from authorities such as Ofsted and the NHS, helping participating organisations to adhere to relevant legal requirements.
Why is The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award Needed?
LGBT+ young people are disproportionately affected by bullying, mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal thoughts compared to their non-LGBT+ peers. The Stonewall Schools Report (2017) found that:
- almost half of all LGBT pupils face bullying at school for being LGBT.
- more than 3 in 5 LGB young people and 4 in 5 trans young people have self-harmed.
- 1 in 5 LGB young people and 2 in 5 trans young people have attempted suicide.
In contrast, the Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey by NHS England
(2014) found that only around 6% of all young people aged 16-25 have attempted suicide. LGBT+ young people are also disproportionately affected by other issues such as bullying (Stonewall Schools Report, 2017), homelessness (Albert Kennedy Trust, 2015
) and domestic violence (SafeLives, 2018
Who can take part in the award?
Organisations or services that are not education based and have direct contact with young people can take part in TASSA. For example:
- Youth groups
- Children's Hospital Wards
- CAMHS/Mental Health Services
- Community Faith Groups
- Young people's employability services
- Housing services
- Activity and/or sports clubs
- Specific LGBT+ services
In order to be considered for TASSA, prospective organisations must be able to evidence that they have the following policies and procedures in place and up to date:
- Children and/or adult safeguarding policy
- Public liability insurance
- DBS checks
- Health and safety policy
How is TASSA structured?
The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award is structured as 6 month projects running in small cohorts with other local youth organisations taking part. Key TASSA leads all come together for a half-day welcome session to kick things off.
The application deadline for COHORT 2 is FRIDAY 2nd OCTOBER 2020.
The welcome session will be confirmed in due course, but is scheduled to take place in October.
Late applications will be considered for cohort 3, which will begin in early 2021.Application Form
Application forms can be downloaded via the button below.
The TASSA prospectus has been designed to answer questions about The Allsorts Safer Spaces Award, outline the criteria for each of the six key areas of operation and give more context as to why TASSA is essential learning for your organisation. Download the Prospectus
To explore your needs as an organisation and what level of the award you would like to aim for, you can download and complete the self assessment tool via the button below. This is not a requirement for application, but might be a helpful starting point! Self Assessment Tool
And finally, if you have any questions or queries, do just email the TASSA team. Email the TASSA team