Barnsley Safeguarding Adults Board (BSAB) is supporting International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, this Friday, 17 May.
The day was created in 2004 to draw the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics.
The date of 17 May was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.
BSAB has recently been working with Barnsley Care Homes, following a national survey completed by Stonewall which raised significant concerns about the experiences of LGBT adults in receipt of care, both in care settings and in their own homes.
To provide some baseline data for the borough, BSAB sent a questionnaire to 48 care homes, to find out how they supported their LGBT residents.
While the majority of care providers who responded have a policy to support LGBT adults to live openly if they chose to, and would like to improve their ability to support LGBT residents via training and online resources, not many providers’ publicity materials/brochures included a reference to LGBT adults.
BSAB will now work with care providers across the borough to provide more staff training and awareness-raising opportunities, as well as engaging the Barnsley LGBT Forum to explore older adults’ experience of care in Barnsley.
A resource pack for care professionals on meeting the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people using health and social care services is available from Age UK: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/globalassets/age-uk/documents/booklets/safe_to_be_me.pdf