New York City's New Guide to Working With Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth

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The New York City Administration for Children’s Services recently released "Safe & Respected: Policy, Best Practices, and Guidance for Serving Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Children and Youth Involved in the Child Welfare, Detention, and Juvenile Justice Systems" (PDF, 2MB). It's the nation's first guide to best practices for working with transgender youth and young people who don't conform to gender norms (the ways boys and girls are expected to think, dress, behave, and be).

And though it's specific to New York in some places, we think "Safe and Respected" is a great primer for anyone who may come into contact with transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth.

The guide includes an overview of the challenges these children and youth face in the child welfare system, a glossary of terms, and a look at resources, policies, and promising practices especially useful to youth workers.

Importantly, each chapter includes practices to avoid in the interest of respecting and affirming transgender and gender non-confming young people.

You'll also find sample reporting and assessments forms and a full list of New York resources that support transgender and gender non-conforming youth. Other localities may want to consider recreating this comprehensive guide.

Publications discussed here do not necessarily reflect the views of NCFY, FYSB or the Administration for Children & Families.

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