The Stonewall Children and Young People’s Services Champion Award is awarded to local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales. It provides a benchmark for LGBTQ+ inclusivity policy and practice across organisations working with children and young people.
Stonewall awards local authorities either bronze, silver or gold status depending on the score received following the submission of evidence. Hertfordshire County Council/Herts for Learning submitted their evidence in January 2022 and scored 126 out of a maximum 130, receiving the gold award on 8 June.
The majority of Hertfordshire County Council’s work with LGBT+ young people is delivered by Services for Young People through our weekly LGBT+ projects, our work with schools and colleges around LGBT+ awareness and bullying, our LGBT+ youth voice project Who Not What, and our LGBT+ events for young people, such as the Pride Prom.
Receiving this award means that the work we are doing with LGBT+ young people is of the highest standard, that it best supports young people who identify as LGBT+ in Hertfordshire and that others can learn from the work we are doing.
LGBT+ Youth Support Worker in Charge said:
“I'm absolutely thrilled that we have won the gold award for a second time. It confirms we're staying relevant at meeting the needs of our LGBT+ young people. I can't stress enough how important the work we do to support these young people is, to help them feel safe and seen, to build their self-confidence and to better enable them to achieve their full potential. It spurs us on to continue this journey in making Hertfordshire a truly inclusive county where all young people can be recognised and accepted for being their authentic selves.”
Find out more about our support for LGBT+ young people here:
Support for LGBT+ young people in Hertfordshire