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Barnardo’s Assistant Director appointed to new Government LGBT+ advisory panel

Besi Besemar March 19, 2019

Marcel Varney, Assistant Director for Children’s Services at Barnardo’s, to sit on a new LGBT+ Advisory panel announced by the Government.


Marcel Varney
Marcel Varney

MINISTER for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt has appointed the first ever National Adviser for LGBT+ Health, and Advisory Panel who along with other new members of the LGBT+ Advisory Panel attended the Government Equalities Office (GEO) conference in London on, Monday, March 18.

The panel guides the Government on policy, helps to deliver the LGBT+ Action plan, acts as a sounding board, and provides evidence on the experiences of LGBT+ people.

Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief Executive, said: “We are proud to that our Assistant Director Marcel Varney has been appointed to the Government’s first LGBT+ advisory panel. We welcome this fantastic opportunity to represent the experiences of LGBT+ children and young people. Marcel has been a beacon for LGBT+ colleagues across Barnardo’s as well as leading pioneering services to children, young people and communities.
“Barnardo’s champions awareness about LGBTQ issues in schools so that teachers can support all their students effectively and young people can support each other, promoting equality and respect for all.” 

Last month Barnardo’s celebrated training over 8,000 staff and over 640 parent, community and pupil ambassadors through an anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying programme. The Positive Identities service delivered has worked with more than 160 schools. It is funded by the Government Equalities Office and supported by the Department for Education, is in schools across Yorkshire & Humberside.

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