The Bring-In National Situation Analysis reports, produced by the partners in the BRING-IN project demonstrated that health care and social work professionals need to be better informed about the fundamental rights of intersex people because they commonly act as mediators between the system and the intersex individuals ensuring access to education, employment, goods and services, etc. They should be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and tools that would allow more appropriate support and care for intersex people.
The BRING-IN national research teams collected information about the level of awareness, perceptions, thoughts and behavior toward intersex people and their rights of the social and healthcare staff in each of the targeted countries. The training needs assessment was based on the results of an online survey for social and health professionals, which collected 203 valid answers in all partner countries, and focus groups, one with social professionals and another one with healthcare (medical/paramedical) staff in each country, in order to validate the findings on the online survey and provide additional qualitative information. Seventeen
social-service professionals and sixteen health-care professionals in total took part in focus groups in the four countries.
There were no major differences in the training of health and social-care professionals on intersex issues in all four countries. Most professionals have not had at least one class on intersex issues in particular during their studies and / or LGBTI issues in general (a higher percentage of social service professionals answered negatively, compared to the health professionals). Regarding their training in the relevant subject during their professional career, we observed that in all countries they have not attended relevant training except for some Bulgarian health professionals who had received some in-service training on intersex issues.