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ERIC Number: ED504607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 140
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 33
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9069-4107-9
An Exploration of Training and Support Issues For Those Working with Children, Young People and Families from Traveller, Irish Traveller, Gypsy, Roma and Show People Communities
Robinson, Mark; Martin, Kerry; Haines, Ben; Kinder, Kay; Wilkin, Anne; Derrington, Chris
National Foundation for Educational Research
Research has shown the extent of social exclusion among children and young people of Traveller, Irish Traveller, Gypsy, Roma and Showpeople (GRT) communities, in terms of education, health, and accommodation, and that many mainstream services have little experience of working effectively with these communities. The Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda and the Race Relations (Amendment) Act (2000) are drivers of change for these communities. Delivering change requires coordination of services, and sharing by professionals of effective practice, underpinned by appropriate training programmes. The Children's Workforce Development Council commissioned this project to explore the range of issues around, and approaches to, working with Travellers, Irish Travellers, Gypsies, Roma and Showpeople, as well as the support and training available to staff involved. There were two main stages to the study: a literature review (produced in a separate report); and a further investigation of current practice and training (the focus of the main project report and of this thematic summary). The investigative study included: 20 local authority telephone interviews; four interviews with representatives from national organisations who had an overview of training and development in England; and six case-study visits. Key findings in the literature review were confirmed and the importance was emphasised for practice of: (1) Developing outreach work with GRT families; (2) Adopting a family-centred approach; (3) Ensuring flexibility of provision; (4) Developing effective partnerships between providers; (5) Overcoming strategic challenges of services managing competing remits and affording low priority to GRT communities; and (6) Considering the capacity implications of the fact that the majority of training continues to be provided by Traveller Education Support Services professionals. Contents include: Thematic Summary; (1) About the Study; (2) Overview of good practice in working with GRT communities; (3) Challenges in relation to working with GRT communities; (4) Types of learning opportunity, information and support available to staff; (5) Effectiveness of training and support; (6) Impacts of training/learning; and (7) Implications. Four appendices are included: (1) Authorship List; (2) Case Studies; (3) Record of Searches Undertaken; and (4) The CWDC footprint.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)