We need your help please


We are still desperately looking for participants, and would be extremely grateful for any help.

My colleagues and I at the University of Kent are carrying out a project, which aims to enhance trans awareness in social work education and practice. In order to do so in a way that is the most relevant, we would like to hear from people of trans history about their experiences of support or input from social workers and their recommendations.

Why are we carrying out this research?

We are committed to social justice for trans people. We believe trans people everywhere should be treated with respect, their views taken into account and that their needs should be met sensitively. Policy reports show us that this is not the case and that trans people can face stark inequalities especially when they come in contact with social services. These inequalities can take the form of not being heard, being over-referred in cases of child protection and in the case of older trans people, sometimes being treated in ways that mean their identities are not taken seriously when planning their care needs. We want to make sure that social work students and practitioners are fully aware and properly trained in how to support trans people as well as their parents, family members and loved ones who care for and support them. We want to hear from you if you are a trans person (aged 18 or over), an advocate for a trans person or a parent or family member supporting a trans person with experience of social work input. Your voices are extremely important to us, in highlighting what social workers are doing well, but more importantly what they need to change in making sure trans people everywhere get the support they need. Please get in touch with us if you would like to know more about our project. Thank you for reading.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions.

Kindest regards, Rasa

Dr Rasa Mikelyte-Research Associate-Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS)-Room CGA217, Cornwallis George Allen Wing, University of Kent, Canterbury CT2 7NF | ( (01227) 823666 | : R.Mikelyte@kent.ac.uk


Research Project

Jessica Barlow, a master’s student at the University of Bath, is currently researching the effect of ambiguous loss on parents of gender diverse children.  If you are a such a parent, please take time to read this post and take part in this research.

Do you have a gender diverse child who is currently seeking to transition their gender?

If so, this study may be of interest to you. This study intends to examine how having a gender diverse child can influence the relationship between you and your child, as well as yourself as a parent/carer. If you are interested in taking part in this research project please click the link below.

By partaking in this study, you will help further the research into families of gender diverse children, as well as helping the lead researcher with their dissertation. If you are also willing to share this project with other parents/carers of a gender diverse child, are over 18 and speak English it would be appreciated.

If you choose to take part you will be shown an online participant information sheet which contains more information about the study and asked to give your consent to continue. This study will only take 20 minutes and you are free to withdraw at any point before completion.


If you would like to find out more and take part in this project please contact the lead researcher at the following email address: jrb200@bath.ac.uk. Ethical approval has been gained, any questions regarding ethics please quote ethics 20-124.

Thank you for taking the time to read this,
Jessica Barlow