+ Student & Staff

LGBT

As a college we are committed to promoting and respecting the nine protected characteristics as defined within the Equality Act 2010.

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Gender reassignment
  • Marriage and civil partnership
  • Pregnancy and maternity
  • Race
  • Religion or belief
  • Sex
  • Sexual orientation

The diversity of our student population is very important to Hugh Baird College and as such we actively welcome LGBT students, staff and visitors.

Hugh Baird College has an Ofsted Outstanding Student Support area with a dedicated team of advisors who are trained in transgender awareness. They are happy to support you whether that be through a transition journey or with any personal issues you may be experiencing as a member of the LGBT community. We do this though working with a number of external partners from the LGBT community who are willing and able to support our students and guide them through their journey in life and College.

Navajo Charter Mark

We hold the Navajo Charter Mark in recognition of our commitment and knowledge of the specific needs, issues and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

The Navajo Merseyside & Cheshire LGBT Charter Mark is an equality mark sponsored by In-Trust Merseyside & Sefton Embrace and supported by the LGBT Community networks across Merseyside. Read more here.

Local support groups

We also recommend a number of external community support groups and we feel that these groups are a great source of support for any of our students who may be looking for support, guidance or just to build on their social skills. If you think attending a support group may not be for you then you can also call Merseyside LGBT foundation support line on 0345 330 30 30 for advice and support.

Sefton Sexual Health Service

Sefton Sexual Health Service provide sexual health services across the communities of Sefton. The service is free and confidential for everyone and they offer a choice of walk-in, or appointment clinics and designated under 25 only sessions. You can state your preference to be seen by either male or female staff, and the service will do their best to accommodate your wishes based on staff availability. Services provided include all contraceptive methods, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatments including HIV, free condoms and pregnancy tests. In addition, Sefton Sexual Health Service have referral clinics for psycho-sexual counselling and erectile dysfunction. Community gynaecology is available in South Sefton by GP referral. The clinic service is supported by a clinical outreach service (referral only) and sexual health promotion team. Call 01704 513303 for more information.

New Beginnings LGBTQI youth group in Sefton

For young people who have identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or questioning their sexuality. Aged 11-23. Call 07479 657135 or email sue.logie2@sefton.gov.uk for more information.

Armistead (Liverpool based service)

The Armistead is a free and confidential sexual health promotion service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people and for male and female sex workers. For further information or about groups held at Armistead please call Armistead’s Helpline on 0151 247 6560.

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation, formerly known as The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. Their aim is to achieve change with and on behalf of LGBT people and continue to meet their needs by providing vital services. Visit http://lgbt.foundation for more information.

Hate crime

If you feel like you have been the victim of a the crime you can access the 'Stop Hate UK' button from the desktop on any computer in Hugh Baird College. This refers your concern directly to the Hate Crime reporting services in your local area, alternatively access this link to be directed to Stop Hate UK website. We work in partnership with these services and with the Sigma Unit of Merseyside Police and together we will be able to take a collaborative approach to stop hate crime in our local area.

LGBT support

We hold regular information workshops for students, parents and carers who would like to find out more about LGBT and the support we offer. We also offer individual support sessions for those students experiencing sexuality or gender related difficulties. Contact us to book:

If you feel that you would like to take a more active role in the promotion of LGBT issues across Hugh Baird College then you can join our LGBT focus group by emailing janine.hopewell@hughbaird.ac.uk.

Resources

Want to report a concern?

We take great care to ensure all students feel welcome and are able to study in a friendly environment that does not tolerate inequality or bullying. However if you every find yourself in a situation where you feel unfairly treated, intimidated or bullied you can always come and visit Student Services for support.

Send a confidential and anonymous message to the Hugh Baird College Safeguarding Officers:

Send a report