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|About||Audre project aims to understand the experiences of LGBTQIA youth and young adults during their time in out-of-home care.|
Audre project starts at the University of Groningen (October 2017) to understand the experiences of LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual) youth and young adults with their time in out-of-home care. In addition, Audre focuses on the perceptions of carers (such as group care workers and foster carers) who are responsible for the wellbeing of young people while in care. The final goal of Audre is to gain further insight on how to create a safe and supportive child protection and welfare context, in which youth feel accepted and are equipped to express their (gender) identity.
Audre project addresses the following research questions:
How do or did LGBTQIA youth and young adults experience their out-of-home placement during their childhood?
What are carers’ stereotypes, attitudes, norms and values regarding LGBTQIA?
Why is Audre important?
LGBTQIA youth in the child protection and welfare system may experience several disadvantages during their childhood. For them, stressors (e.g., discrimination, stigma, lack of tailored services) may add up to the experiences of being placed in out-of- home care. Therefore, it is important to create a stimulating, non-discriminatory context, where there is room for the young person’s sexual orientation and gender identity and which takes into account their social context and own strategies of resilience. Research on how to create a safe and supportive context for LGBTQIA youth in out-of-home care and how to enhance the skills of carers working with them is therefore of utmost importance.
How does Audre work?
Audre includes LGBTQIA youth and young adults throughout various stages of the research project. They will contribute to the design and delivery of the research project with a role of advisor and co-researcher. The group will meet at crucial moments of the project, such as the development of the research tools, the interpretation and dissemination of the findings.