Leading psychiatrist, Professor Tamsin Ford, joins us to answer your top questions about anything and everything related to raising children. This open and honest interview draws on both Professor Ford’s expertise and her personal experiences and covers topics as diverse as aspiration, the school assessment system, adoption and gender. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks with Bennie Kara, deputy headteacher, author and speaker on diversity in the curriculum and school environment. Bennie shares her wealth of expertise on how schools can build an inclusive school culture, talks about the importance of language and outlines some key terminology that all educators and parents should be aware of.
We’ve joined forces with Dr Elly Hanson to bring you some top tips, straight from the evidence-base, on how to help your child challenge harmful talk and bigotry and what they can do to avoid it. It also includes advice on what you can do if you find that your child is engaging in conversations or using language that denigrates various groups of people.
The books on this list feature characters from across the gender identity spectrum.
Talking about sexual orientation and gender identity with young people might feel daunting for some parents and educators. Having a good understanding of the terminology will help to make conversations a little easier. We’ve put together a glossary of terms that might be useful. It’s our aim to be inclusive of all identities, so if you think we’ve missed anything important out, please let us know.
If your child is LGBTQ+ and needs support, here are some great services that can help. Many of them offer assistance to family members too.
In this webinar, Dr Weston is joined by Dr Claire Harvey to discuss how to promote excellent mental health in LGBTQ+ teens. We share the research evidence and discuss what needs to happen at home and at school to ensure teens have positive self-esteem and a great support network.
We know from research that feeling unrepresented in books or films can make young people who are from non-traditional family forms feel different or invisible. This can have a detrimental effect on their mental health and self-esteem. We’ve compiled a list of books for children and young people of all ages which celebrate families of all shapes and sizes. Have a look for some inspiration, and get in touch if you know of any others!
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Susan Golombok about non-traditional family forms. They discuss the research evidence showing that children from families with same-sex parents, single mothers by choice and families created by assisted reproductive technologies generally thrive, in many cases more so than children from more traditional families.
In this podcast, Dr Weston talks to Professor Kathryn Almack about the challenges that same sex parents (particularly lesbians) face on their parenting journeys.