Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children
Children of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families often face discrimination by the media, bullying at school and rejection from their local communities. Due to widespread prejudices and little understanding of their culture and traditional way of life, few agencies try to reach them.
In June 2009, The Children’s Participation Project - Wessex began a year-long project to research and record the history of New Travellers in the South-West. The project resulted in three exhibitions and a Heritage pack.
Policy and lobbying
We also support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people by promoting their welfare and rights. We aim to ensure that they are treated as children first and foremost and that they have access to culturally sensitive education and health services as well as a secure, stable and appropriate place to live with their families.