Friends, families and travellers: a guide for professionals working with Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in Children's Services

Friends, Families and Travellers
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A guide to help professionals in Children’s Services to develop their cultural competency and practice when working with families from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. It includes information about the history of the Gypsy and Traveller communities and the inequalities they face. It then outlines issues for professionals to consider at different stages of the child protection process: referral, assessment, information sharing and care planning, court proceedings, and outcomes. It also identifies the benefits of taking a community social work approach, to help develop relationships with Gypsy and Traveller families and identify issues at an early stage to prevent problems from escalating. A list of recommendations to support for better provision of children’s services to Gypsy and Traveller communities are included. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
Gypsies, travellers, childrens services, child protection, community work, early intervention, multicultural approach, social work, cultural identity, social worker-service user relationships;
Content type:
practice guidance
United Kingdom
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