Equality & Social Justice Unit Update

The ESJU and TM’s Education Support Project are linking up with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to carry out some research on home education.  We especially want to look into the support that Councils give Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) parents who are considering home education; what information is provided and parents are supported to make the right decision for them.  We would like to speak to any GTR parents who have made the decision to take their child out of school – please ring us on 020 7607 2002 for an informal chat.

Alongside a number of other GTR representatives, the ESJU recently contributed to the Crown Prosecution Service’s review of its hate crime prosecution guidance.  With the horrific murders of Johnny Delany (in 2003) and Barry Smith (in 2011) still fresh in our minds – along with the continued under-reporting and under-recording of hate crime against the GTR communities – our submission emphasised the need for everyone involved in the criminal justice system to receive adequate training on recognising and dealing appropriately with racially aggravated crime against Gypsies, Travellers and Roma people.

Finally, the ESJU is working with Southwark Travellers’ Action Group (STAG) and London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (LGTU) on a campaign to safeguard the four Council-run Gypsy and Traveller sites in Southwark.

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