Non-Binary Working Group - Crisis Services Sub-Group minutes: 10 February 2022

Minutes from the meeting of the sub-group meeting on 10 February 2022.

Attendees and apologies


  • Neil Meehan, Hate Crime Team, Scottish Government

Group members

  • Dr Ben Vincent, The Open University
  • Vic Valentine, Scottish Trans
  • Megan Snedden, Stonewall Scotland
  • Sarah Anderson, LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Non-binary community members


  • Chloe Coldwell, Equality and Inclusion Division, Scottish Government


  • Oceana Maund, Scottish Trans
  • Dr Carolynn Gray, The University of the West of Scotland
  • Katrina Mitchell, LGBT Health & Wellbeing
  • Dr Peter Dunne, The University of Bristol

Items and actions

Key Discussion Points

The group discussed:

Care services and young people

  • how trans and non-binary young people interacted with care services
  • foster care for trans young people and issues relating to sharing of information
  • developing a recommendation around bullying, which was broad to encompass a variety of experiences
  • LGBT Youth Scotland had existing recommendations for how to treat LGBT people within care services
  • developing a recommendation around a scoping exercise for existing services and organisations and how they do or could address the needs of trans and non-binary young people

Domestic violence services

  • Government-supported services and taking a gendered approach to this issue.
  • not wanting to remove the gendered aspects of these services but instead looking at how non-binary people could be included in provision
  • possible inclusion of transmisogyny in the recommendations
  • developing a recommendation that would deal with ensuring non-binary people were recognised within gender-based violence services while supporting ring-fenced services for women and girls

Hate crime

  • incorporating support services for victims of hate crime within the recommendations
  • SG hate crime work including publishing an action plan and developing a hate crime strategy
  • trust issues with the police, including whether support could be given to vulnerable people without having to report hate crimes

Action: Neil to come back with more information on discussion topics from justice colleagues.

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