This section will provide useful resources for social workers. The vast majority of social care professionals who took part in the BRING-IN project’s focus groups had never provided support services to an intersex person and/or a close family member of an intersex person (for issues related to the intersex status of their family member) during their career. In the case of Greece, Hungary and the UK, none of the persons interviewed had such an experience. However, interviewees in the UK pointed out that they might have provided support services to intersex people, but intersex people might not have wanted to disclose their intersex status or were not aware that they were intersex. None of the social workers who participated in the qualitative research had ever had training on intersex issues. On the positive side, they were interested to increase their knowledge on the topic.
We recommend that social workers familiarize themselves with the resources aimed at the parents of intersex children. The videos below are extremely useful for intersex people and their parents, as well as for getting acquainted with the problems that intersex people face. Intersex people who have undergone surgery often develop post-traumatic stress as well as a lack of sense of bodily autonomy. Intersex children and adolescents, as a result of the experience, are easy prey for abusers. They are often trained not to talk about their experiences and traumas, and as a result, they do not share cases of sexual violence. Life-related decisions: Never bring together parents who have already operated on their children and those who have decided not to. Often meeting such a meeting becomes a traumatic experience both for yourself and for the parents of intersex children.