Roscommon Community College accredited as a safe space for Roscommon LGBTQ+ students

In 2020, Roscommon Community College signed up to participate in a new national LGBTQ+ Safe & Supportive Schools project run by Belong To, LGBTQ+ Youth Ireland.

Roscommon Community College now joins 12 other schools nationwide in being accredited by Belong To as a Safe & Supportive school for LGBTQ+ students.

The schools received an award from The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland at an event in the Mansion House, Dublin, last week.

The Safe & Supportive Schools Project, designed and facilitated by Belong To, is a groundbreaking whole-school approach to creating a school environment that is fully inclusive of LGBTQ+ students.

Spanning policy, curriculum, staff culture, school environment, student supports, and engagement with the local community, the Safe & Supportive Schools Project goes beyond awareness and ensures sustainable, systematic change for LGBTQ+ youth.

Belong To’s School Climate Survey (2019) indicates that a staggering 73% of LGBTQ+ students feel unsafe at school, with 1 in 3 reporting that other students are unaccepting of LGBTQ+ identities.

Awarding the successful schools, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland said: “I am delighted to celebrate with you who have, at school level, created truly safe and supportive spaces for all students”.

Upon receiving the SASS accreditation award, Kathryn Dennigan, SASS Coordinator at Roscommon Community College said: “To receive this accreditation further solidifies the inclusivity work for our LGBTI+ community being carried out in Roscommon Community College on a daily basis. The drive of students and staff to ensure that every person feels safe to attend school and feels part of the school community is of the utmost importance”.