Blast Off! Working with Gypsy and Traveller Children and Young People
This latest Blast Off! is a guide for those working with or providing services for Gypsies and Travellers to increase the participation of children and young people from these communities. The guide objectives are to:
- provide practitioners with information about working with Gypsy and Traveller children and young people in participation
- provide information on how the practice may be developed
- increase understanding of the Welsh Policy context
- offer examples of good practice
- signpost sources of help, information and resources
- increase understanding of the importance of participation of Gypsy and Traveller children and young people in decision and policy making
The term Gypsies and Travellers includes the many different types of Gypsy Travellers. Although Gypsies and Travellers tend to be referred to as one community this is not the case as each group have their own traditions, language and ethnicity. The factor linking the groups is their traditional nomadic heritage and lifestyle. These groups include:
- Welsh, Scottish or English Gypsies
- Irish Travellers
- European Roma
- Fairground families or showmen
- Bargees and other watercraft dwelling people
Although different groups of Gypsies and Travellers have different traditions and beliefs these things tend to be important across all groups:
- Family and community Care for children, the elderly or ill
- Freedom to travel
Gypsy and Traveller men and women maintain traditional roles, with men providing the family income whilst women care for the family and keep house. Traditionally Gypsies and Travellers took on work that allowed them to travel such as farm hands or horse dealing. Many chose to continue with these traditional roles as well as, for example, working as civil servants, musicians or school workers. However this can be difficult as Gypsies and Travellers have a history of discrimination that is still relevant today. Despite protection under the Equality Act 2010, which recognises them as a ethnic minority group, some still find it necessary to hide their ethnicity. This reluctance is often over fears that they may be discriminated against, for example when seeking employment.
Welsh Government recognises the difficulties Gypsies and Travellers face in accessing service, support and their rights. Welsh Government developed the ‘Travelling to a Better Future Framework’ with the aim of improving this for Gypsy and Traveller adults, children and young people. It already has many policies that affect Gypsy and Traveller children and young people living in Wales.
Please click here to download the full guide.
Topics: Children’s Rights