The Participation of LGBTQIA+ Children and Youth in Care in the Netherlands

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This chapter draws on a recent study the authors conducted in the Netherlands on the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) youth and young adults and their participation during their time in the public child protection system (CPS). It draws on qualitative interviews with thirteen young people and provides insight into strengthening child welfare services and practices for LGBTQIA youth in a way that allows for their voices to have weight. It shows that there are four prerequisites for participatory practices with LGBTQIA+ children and youth involved with the public CPS: first, the importance of a supportive and affirmative environment for LGBTQIA+ young people; second, the need to develop a connection with a caregiver or staff member to be able to participate; third, children’s need to be informed and prepared to be able to participate in decision-making processes; and fourth, the request of young people to have their own “space” and be surrounded by staff trained to address the needs of LGBTQIA+ youth.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren’s Participation in Child Protection
Subtitle of host publicationInternational Research and Practice Approaches
EditorsKatrin Križ, Mimi Petersen
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780197622353
ISBN (Print)9780197622322
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2023


  • Youth participation
  • LGBTQIA+ youth
  • Child welfare

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