Supporting trans and gender diverse children and their families

Date produced 23 April 2020

Join our interdisciplinary panel of experts to explore ways practitioners can use non-binary language, help families recognise and understand children’s choices; and support children’s mental health where they identify as trans or gender diverse.

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 Watch this facilitated panel discussion of Jeremy's story to be better equipped to: 

• choose practice that acknowledges what the child is experiencing is real and support parents in accepting and

  affirming their child’s choices and experiences

• select language which is not binary and doesn’t reinforce dominant stereotypes about gender

• describe how to use a support plan with trans and gender diverse children and their families

• identify referral pathways and how to make an appropriately supportive referral when working with trans and

  gender diverse children and their families.


Review the interdisciplinary panel of experts' bios: 

  • Associate Professor Michelle Telfer (Paediatrician, Victoria)

  • Ms Susanne Prosser (Youth Worker, Victoria)

  • Ms Janet Brown, (Child and Family Partner, Victoria)

  • Dr Nicholas Brayshaw (General Practitioner, Victoria)

  • Mr Daniel Moss (Workforce Development Manager, Emerging Minds, South Australia)

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