Research by National Children’s Bureau (NCB) finds that gender plays an influential role in all aspects of children and young people’s lives.
As mental health and well-being remains a key area of focus in regards to the safeguarding of children and young people, and awareness of gender diversity also increases, NCB has produced the following resources from research exploring the issue from a gender perspective:
- A report of findings from the views of over 100 young people, with policy and practice recommendations
- A review of available evidence on how gender relates to children and young people's coping strategies and help-seeking behaviours, and adult responses to their needs
- Examples of gender-sensitive practice with children and young people
- Gender plays an influential role in all aspects of children and young people’s lives, including the relationships they form, challenges they face and how they seek emotional support
- Awareness of links between gender and mental health is growing
- Increasing concerns around issues such as girls' well-being and self-esteem, young male suicide, and the experiences of trans children and young people.
The research also highlighted how gender needs active consideration in policy-making, commissioning, service design and delivery, workforce development and research.
This is important in relation to mental health services but also other settings and systems. One finding from the engagement work with young people is that an area in which they most wanted to see greater gender-sensitivity was information about support available; such as within settings like schools, youth clubs and youth offending institutions; and how professionals relate to young people.
Gender and children and young people's emotional and mental health
Just getting on: Young people’s views on gender, emotional well-being and mental health