On Thursday the 11 of July the Traveller Movement will launch a new short film in parliament about Travellers and social services.
Co-produced with members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities, the film depicts the good and bad scenarios when working with social workers.
There have been concerns in the last few years about the disproportionate number of children from GRT communities being taken into care, or forcibly adopted.
While Traveller Movement initial research could not find any hard evidence to support this disproportionality, unsurprisingly these anxieties persist. The film addresses these concerns by encouraging engagement, but it also calls on social services to ensure social work practice is open, transparent and culturally sensitive.
The film will shortly be available to view on the Traveller Movement website and on our YouTube channel.
Yvonne MacNamara, CEO of the Traveller Movements says:
This film came about due to concerns within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities about a disproportionate number of children being taken into care. We hope this film will go some way to informing the community about their rights, but also how to challenge social services if they feel they are being treated unfairly.
Lucy Hadley, Campaigns & Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid:
“This video is an important awareness raising tool to both address concerns within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community about the social care system, and ensure that social services understand these concerns and provide the right response. Sadly too often professionals lack an in-depth level of understanding of domestic abuse and other safeguarding issues within the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community and how to provide safe and effective support.
Mary Mason, Chief Executive of Solace Women’s Aid says:
‘We believe in bridging the gap in understanding between social services and the people they serve. It is important that both sides engage openly and without judgement to ensure Traveller families are best supported to build stronger futures together.’
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Notes to Editor
* The Traveller Movement (TM) is a national community development policy and voice charity who campaign against discrimination, promote inclusion, participation and community engagement for the Irish Traveller and Gypsy communities in Britain. TM is proud to work in partnership with the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities together with service providers and policy makers across the UK to better promote social inclusion and community cohesion.
Read The Care System and Gypsies, Roma and Travellers: an investigation https://travellermovement.org.uk/reports?download=120:the-care-system-and-gypsies-roma-and-travellers-an-investigation
Read a fact sheet on local authority care proceedings: https://travellermovement.org.uk/advocacy-support/useful-resources?download=132:are-you-concerned-that-your-child-may-be-taken-into-care
Visit the Traveller Movement YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1SnfRK7M7PGmnkghtGq4hQ/videos
Visit Women’s Aid website: https://www.womensaid.org.uk/
Visit Solace Women’s Aid website https://www.solacewomensaid.org/