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Child Protection in Gypsy Roma and Traveller Communities

'Enhancing Learning for the Future: A Document Analysis of Serious Child Safeguarding Case Reviews with Romani and Traveller Communities in England '

8th October 2024, 09:30am - 11:30am

Speaker: Jackie Bolton

Advancing our understanding of anti-racist practice, this presentation aims to dig beneath the surface of historically specific social structures of Child Welfare Services. Analysing the descriptive content presented in twelve Serious Case Reviews published after the death or serious injury of a Romani or Traveller child in England, this presentation shines a light on how the child welfare system worked, including how ideology and the presence of reciprocated feelings of fear and helplessness concealed the processes that contributed to the harm that was experienced. Seeking to extend a detailed analysis of the strengths and weaknesses in policy, procedure and practice, the discussion will conclude by reflecting on valuable learning points for child protection professionals working with Romani and Traveller children, families, and communities