Gypsy Travellers, Human Rights and Social Work’s role

Friday 24 March 2017 - All day


Glasgow Caledonian University, Hamish Wood Building, Cowcaddens
G4 0BA


About the event

This event, jointly produced by members of the Gypsy Traveller community, independent social workers and academics, the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) and Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW), is the start of a programme to bring about lasting change.

Gypsy Travellers experience denial of identity, forced assimilation, racial harassment, daily discrimination, a lack of understanding and respect for cultural difference – all on a regular basis. They also experience poorer life outcomes than the settled community, with poverty clearly related to discrimination experienced.

This event will give participants the chance to do the following.

  1. Embrace opportunities to improve and learn

Listen and engage with:

  • a current summary of the evidence
  • real life stories and scenarios
  • good practice.
  1. Explore social work’s role in upholding a human rights approach to support Gypsy Travellers
  1. Share our ambition to provide leadership on this issue:
  • exploring ways for the profession to champion a human rights approach
  • achieve positive change moving forward.

Who should attend?

  • Social work practitioners
  • Professional bodies
  • Groups linked to or with an interest in this subject.


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