- ‘Learning from research with and about children and young people in the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities’ – free event on 28th April in Salford
- ‘Voices of movement’ – theatre show and exhibition – 7th May in London
- ‘Working with Roma in safeguarding’ training by Roma Support Group – 26th May in London
- United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation consultation on the shortlisted designs for new UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre
- A book ‘Settela’ by a Aad Wagenaar – a tribute to the Sinti and Romani people and their plight in the Second World War
- Government statement on status of EU nationals in the UK after triggering Article 50
- A preliminary report on ‘Advisers, Welfare and Brexit’ March 2017
- ‘Dealing with hate crime’ – a guide for victims and NGOs
1. Learning from research with and about children and young people in the GRT communities – 28th April in Salford
Despite recent political and policy initiatives that have been designed to enable local and national opportunities for positive social action and change, members of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities continue to face challenges relating to racism, forced assimilation and racial harassment. They continue to experience poorer life outcomes compared to the majority of society, with socio-economic deprivation being clearly related to the discrimination that is so frequently experienced and reported (University of Salford, 2017).
This event, chaired by Dr Joanne Westwood, is part of the University of Salford’s Making Research Count initiative. It is intended to provide delegates with ideas and opportunities to achieve lasting and sustainable change. Co-delivered with members of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community, practitioners and academics, this event will provide opportunities to:
- Learn about the diversity within Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
- Explore the value added in positive participatory social action
- Embrace opportunities to improve policy and practice with creative innovations in matters related to inclusion and social justice
- Share innovations and UK developments in safeguarding and child protection
- Establish opportunities for lasting change and improved outcomes
This event will be of interest to all who are committed to working to support Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children and young people in the UK.
Speakers: Dr Dan Allen (University of Salford); and Dr Cath Larkins (University of Central Lancashire)
Time: 12.30pm to 4.30pm
Venue: MediaCity, University of Salford
2. ‘Voices of movement’ – theatre show and exhibition – 7th May in London
An exhibition and a vibrant piece of theatre comprised of artists, refugees, asylum seekers and migrants who is challenging the stigma associated with displacement.
Hungarian Roma Artist Robert Czibi is contributing to this movement with some of his original artworks and a brand new piece inspired by the show.
Date: Exhibition opening on the 7th of May, Sunday, at 4pm.
Venue: Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace Finsbury Park London N4 3JP
More details on how to book tickets for the theatre show
1st show: at 5pm.
2nd: at 7:30pm.
3. ‘Working with Roma in safeguarding’ training by Roma Support Group – 26th May in London
Who should attend this training?
This training is beneficial for those working in Children’s services including adoption / fostering teams, Adult social services, Family intervention and support services, Children’s Centres, Schools, Health services including safeguarding leads, Police , Youth services , voluntary organisations, etc.
Why should you attend this training?
This training can make a real difference to your engagement with Roma. Better understanding promotes confidence and better decisions. This is further augmented by having relevant case studies and practical engagement tools to hand.
Trainers deliver interactive presentations including films and forum theatre performance and facilitate seminar discussions. The session also provides the opportunity meet other practitioners working with Roma in your area.
The training will enable professionals to understand and put to use the good practice of working with Roma communities in safeguarding context. A wide range of practitioners are dealing with an increasing number of safeguarding cases which involve East European Roma.
By the end of the session, participants will:
- Know the basic facts related to the Roma history, culture and customs relevant in a safeguarding context
- Understand the barriers to accessing services
- Identify taboos and culturally sensitive issues
- Understand Roma experience of authorities
- Understand key safeguarding concerns affecting Roma children and adults
- Develop practical tools for engagement
- Build networks with other professionals
Booking is essential.
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Venue: Central London
- Commercial sector: £170
- Public and Charity sector: £130
- Small charities (maximum 5 paid staff): £100
- Students: £80
10% OFF EARLY BOOKINGS (by 30/04)
If you have a question please contact: Gaba on 07751 496920 or Email: [email protected]
4. United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation consultation on the shortlisted designs for new UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre
The United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition was launched in September 2016 and sought to identify the very best architectural talent to create an emotionally powerful and sensitively designed memorial.
The UK’s National Holocaust Memorial and Education Centre will stand in the shadow of Parliament, at the very heart of our democracy, in Victoria Tower Gardens. This striking new structure will honour the victims and survivors of Nazi persecution, educate future generations about the dangers of where prejudice and hatred can lead and serve as a powerful statement of our values as a nation.
The design brief for the competition was clear from the start that the Memorial and Education Centre should convey the enormity of the Holocaust and its impact on European Jewry but also appropriately represent the fate of all other victims of Nazi persecutions, including of course, the Roma genocide.
A summary of all the feedback we receive will play a crucial role in informing the final decision of the jury, which includes the Chair of UKHMF Sir Peter Bazalgette, Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Secretary of State for Communities Sajid Javid.
5. A book ‘Settela’ by a Aad Wagenaar – a tribute to the Sinti and Romani people and their plight in the Second World War
In 1995, Aad Wagenaar published his fascinating book – SETTELA . The book recounts Aad’s quest to discover the identity of the haunting face staring out of a cattle truck. After two years of painstaking research in dusty war archives, after months of talking to Jewish Holocaust survivors, Wagenaar, a Dutch journalist, found his answer in the caravan of a Sinti Gypsy survivor who had sat behind Settela on the train.
The girl was not a Jewish child, as had been assumed for so long. She was a Sintezza. She was 9 years old. She was en route to Auschwitz, to her death.
The English translation of Wagenaar’s book, first published by Five Leaves in 2005 (with an afterword by Ian Hancock), has been reprinted by Lamorna Publications.
6. Government statement on status of EU nationals in the UK after triggering Article 50
On 7th April the government confirmed that there was no change to the rights of status of EU nationals as a result of Article 50 being triggered. The statement, which is available here, further clarified that EU nationals can only be removed from the UK if they:
- are considered to pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to the public
- aren’t lawfully resident or are abusing their EU free movement rights
The abuse or ‘misuse’ of EU rights was introduced in the updated regulations governing the right of EU nationals in the UK, the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016, which came into force from 1st February 2017. It was subsequently clarified by the Home Office that not having comprehensive sickness insurance (CSI) by students of self-sufficient persons such as non-working spouses of British nationals would not be used as the sole grounds for deportation.
In the meantime, both the detention and enforced returns of EU nationals rose by nearly a quarter in 2016 compared to the previous year; EU nationals leaving detention increased to 3647 in 2016, and enforced returns increased to 4684. In both cases, the top nationality was Romanian. More information about removals and detention of EU nationals can be found in the Immigration Statistics ‘Detention’ and ‘Returns’ summaries
7. A preliminary report on ‘Advisers, Welfare and Brexit’ March 2017
The report, written by Paul Bagshaw, Irina Bessel and Romana Masarova, explores experiences of EU nationals post-referendum, provides a comprehensive overview of questions and concerns EU nationals have had since Brexit vote, and looks into what supported is needed for advisers so they are able to support their EU clients more effectively.
8. Dealing with hate crime – a guide for victims and NGOs
A new guide for victims of hate crime and organisations supporting them has just been published.
It’s free. You can download it here: Dealing with hate crime
UKREN, in partnership with East European Resource Centre, has written a concise, no-nonsense guide describing rights of victims of hate crime, obligations of the police and criminal justice agencies, and good practice from elsewhere in the non-profit sector.
The guide has been written within the project ‘Eastern European Hate Crime Advocates’ and co-funded by the Home Office and the European Network Against Racism.
Ewa Jamroz, Migration Yorkshire, Brexit Report Draft 2 Fin (1)Office line: 0113 378 8188