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  • identify need,
  • routinely explore the suicide prevention needs of all young people accessing the service,
  • improve services,
  • prove success of interventions,
  • show how well services meet LGBT young people's needs,
  • influence local strategies,
  • influence mainstream and specialist service provision,
  • help access funding, and
  • help gather evidence to influence national strategy.


Following a Process

Given that LGBT young people are vulnerable and the purpose of the NATnIMP is to identify and respond to their needs, it is important that a process is followed.  This is the process we used at GALYIC:

  1. Young person accesses youth group:  completes membership form and Rosenberg Self Esteem (RSE) questionnaire.
  2. Worker examines results of RSE for immediate vulnerability and takes appropriate action if necessary (following your agency’s child-protection policy and procedures).
  3. Sets up confidential file for young person and keeps somewhere safe in a locked filing cabinet.
  4. As soon as appropriate, arranges to interview with full NAT: explaining it will take about an hour, it is very comprehensive and covers a range of issues including coming out, school, bullying, mental health, sexual health, alcohol and drug use, and that the purpose is to find out what their needs are and to work with them to develop their own action plan.  The findings are confidential (unless the young person is in danger of hurting themselves or others then, by law, the agency has to act on the information).  The anonymous findings, along with those from other members, are used to help get funding.  Other young people who have completed the NAT have found it extremely useful.
  5. At the beginning of the interview there is a format which is read out to the young person and explains: that information will be confidential, unless the young person is at risk of harming themselves or others, that it will be used with the young person to develop their action plan and, with the young person’s permission, aspects could be used when referring to another agency to help them understand the situation – but this would only be done with the young person’s permission; that anonymised results will be used with other results to help organisation get funding.
  6. If during interview emergency action is needed, e.g. young person is suicidal or in a highly vulnerable situation, take immediate action to make them safe, following child protection policy and procedures.
  7. At end of interview, check young person is ok and arrange follow-up session (within two weeks).
  8. Meanwhile print out individual report and examine to highlight vulnerable areas and issues which may need further clarification (this is usual).
  9. Utilising the findings and the model action plan which is based on Every Child Matters five outcomes healthy, safe, enjoy and achieve, positive contribution, economic well-being; develop draft action plan.  This will include obtaining further information or clarification when needed.
  10. At follow-up meeting clarify any issues then work through draft action plan amending as necessary and agree priorities and next step.
  11. Arrange regular follow-up meetings if necessary to review progress.
  12. After six months, complete IMP interview, explaining that it will show progress made and identify areas for further action.
  13. Follow similar process as for NAT, arrange follow-up meeting as soon as possible.
  14. Examine NATnIMP and identify progress and areas that need further action and agree with young person. Here is a sample of a completed NATnIMP

The NAT shows how young people felt helped by their LGBT group:
"Somewhere safe to hang out" "Able to make friends, better idea about homophobic issues" "It has given me someone to talk to about most things" "Support for me; can pickup phone, get advice, talk"

Under the Equality Act (2010) it became illegal to discriminate against LGBT people.  The Public Sector Equality Duty came into force in April 2011.  Under this public services  must have due regard to the need to:


  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimisation,
  • Advance equality of opportunity between different groups,  and
  • Foster good relations between different groups.


To meet this duty it may be necessary for public bodies to carry out some form of assessment or analysis in order to understand  the potential effects of its activities on different people.  The NAT enables public bodies to ensure they meet their duties under this requirement with regard to LGBT young people. For more information see the Equality and Human Rights Commission website.