Keys to youth friendly services - Celebrating diversity

Each young person has a unique identity influenced by ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, and religious, political and cultural beliefs, which can all impact on their sexual and reproductive well-being. Youth-friendly services respect the realities of young people’s diverse sexual and reproductive lives. Starting with the individual and taking a person-centred approach can help providers understand the different layers of diversity within as well as between groups.

Vulnerability, stigma and discrimination are closely linked to diversity. Health professionals have an ethical obligation to be non-discriminatory and respect individual sexual rights even when it means overcoming their own beliefs and values – Article 1 of Sexual Rights: an IPPF Declaration.


  • a table illustrating the layers of diversity model
  • a checklist of factors that impact on vulnerability
  • a case study on addressing stigma and discrimination in youth participation
  • a case study on improving access for those with special needs
  • seven steps to providing youth-friendly services to a diverse population
  • a checklist for a youth-friendly health professional