Health and education 

 Improving outcomes for children and families 

Improving outcomes for children and families 

We operate a growing Family Work initiative with the aim of supporting families with complex needs and encouraging their engagement with statutory (including health and education) services. One recent success story has been the reintegration of a Traveller child with significant Special Educational Needs back into mainstream school.

Later this year, we intend to recruit a specialist teacher and a public health nurse in order to begin to expand our work further in the areas of health and education. We recognise that the trust we are developing with communities through our other projects gives us a real opportunity to do this effectively. We will seek to build a model of work that the communities themselves can have faith in and fully engage with. The need is in this area is illustrated by the following research:

The educational disadvantage of the Travellers was extremely striking, and the single most marked difference between Gypsy Travellers and other socially deprived and ethnic minority populations
— The Health Status of Gypsies & Travellers in England; Report of Department of Health Inequalities in Health Research Initiative, 2004
Our findings confirm and extend the practice-based evidence on poorer health in Gypsy Traveller populations. There is now little doubt that health inequality between the observed Gypsy Traveller population in England and their non-Gypsy counterparts is striking, even when compared with other socially deprived or excluded groups and with other ethnic minorities.
— The Health Status of Gypsies & Travellers in England; University of Sheffield, 2004
Life expectancy is 12 years lower for women and 10 years lower for men in Traveller communities
— Commission for Racial Equality, 2004