2 - Readiness to learn: Practice Skills


In order to work inclusively with the older LGBT+ community, professional carers will need to have a foundation of skills, attitudes and values and ability to recognise the impact of discriminatory behaviour on LGBT+ people. They will need to have skills and knowledge in behaving inclusively to promote trusting relationships with all the people they work with whatever their gender identity and sexuality.

This building block suggests activities to help learners to become more inclusive in their practice and sensitive to the needs of older LGBT people. This starts with language, becoming aware of your own bias and learning how to challenge discriminatory behaviour.


To provide guidance to teachers on helping students to develop awareness of their own bias' that may act as barriers to inclusive practice to teach skills in learning how to challenge situations in practice and increase awareness of the impact of language when teaching professionals whose practice will involve providing LGBT+ inclusive care with older adults.

Target group

Teachers and trainers in vocational education and their students


Level 2-3-4 in vocational education


Extra support from the teacher might be necessary depending on the ability of the students to work independently (see The Teacher's Manual)