Delivering Services for Gypsies and Travellers
16 Mar 2011

As some light is shed on the likely impact of the Comprehensive Spending Review new challenges and opportunities are exposed.

Amongst them, sector professionals need to look at the impact of the suspension of Gypsy and Traveller site grants, the New Homes Bonus, the Localism Bill, The National Planning Framework, the 2011 census and how the new welfare announcements will affect worklessness amongst Gypsy and Traveller Communities.

As well as looking at the impact of new legislation, delegates had the opportunity to hear best practice examples on working with victims of domestic violence, dealing with conflict and engaging with Gypsy and Traveller communities to deliver vital services. Now in its ninth year, this was the national conference for all those working in Gypsy and Traveller services to explore emerging trends, hear the latest policy and share best practice.

Programme
09:50
Bill Forrester, Head of Gypsy and Traveller Unit, Kent County Council; Chair, National Association of Gypsy and Traveller Officers (NAGTO)
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair

10:00
Caroline Cormack, Head of Affordable Housing Delivery, Homes and Communities Agency
The outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review: grant aid for publicly-provided sites for Gypsies and Travellers

10:15
Andrew Stunell OBE MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government
Seeking improved relationships between Travellers, Gypsies and the settled community through localism

10:30
Panel discussion: Sourcing suitable and sustainable sites to match local need and demand: the impact of the New Homes Bonus
Chaired by: Bill Forrester, Head of Gypsy and Traveller Unit, Kent County Council and Chair, National Association of Gypsy and Traveller Officers (NAGTO). Andrew Stunell OBE MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government; Caroline Cormack, Head of Affordable Housing Delivery, Homes and Communities Agency.

10:55
Registration, refreshments and exhibition
11:20
Arthur Ivatts OBE, International Consultant to Governments and International Organisations including the EU, UNESCO, UNICEF, Council of Europe, FRA and the Roma Education Fund
The future of education provision for Gypsy and Traveller children: an international perspective

11:40
Adam Taylor, Strategic Benefit Reform Policy Advisor Department for Work and Pensions
Managing welfare reform and the introduction of the new Universal Benefit: tackling worklessness within some Gypsy and Traveller communities

12:00
ACC Janette McCormick, Assistant Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary; National Lead for Gypsies and Travellers, ACPO
Best practice in managing unauthorised encampments

12:20
Dave Brown, Integration and Development Manager, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Migration Partnership
Best practice in addressing issues of migration from Eastern Europe: learning from our neighbours in employment, child welfare, health and integration

12:35
Panel discussion: the introduction of local referenda to veto services and new encampments
Joe Jones, Director, Canterbury Gypsy & Traveller Support Group; Dave Brown, Integration and Development Manager, Yorkshire & Humber Regional Migration Partnership.

13:00
Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition
13:45
Lunch discussion: Mobile Homes Act
Bill Forrester, Head of Gypsy and Traveller Unit, Kent County Council and Chair, National Association of Gypsy and Traveller Officers (NAGTO)

14:00
Jacqueline Bolton, Programme Development Manager, Ormiston
Planning family support services to be more accessible for Gypsy and Traveller families

14:15
Tina and Bridy Purcell, Mother and Daughter
Experiences of a Gypsy Traveller family: access to services, engagement and conflict resolution

14:30
Bahram Heydari, Lead Officer for External Engagement (Communities) in England and Wales - 2011 Census
The 2011 census: the impact on service delivery and inclusion

14:45
Panel debate: the National Planning Framework
Greg Yates, Spokesperson, Clearwater Gypsies; Siobhan Spencer MBE, Coordinator, Derbyshire Gypsy Liaison Group and Co-Director, The National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups.

15:10
Registration, refreshments and exhibition
15:40
Seminar 1: Supporting victims of domestic violence
Bernie O'Roarke, Irish & Irish Traveller Outreach and Resettlement Worker, Solace Woman's Aid

15:40
Seminar 2: Restoring confidence in health services: a GP enhanced service for travellers
Dr Nick Leach FRCGP, Market Harborough Medical Centre

15:40
Seminar 3: Working with housed gypsies and travellers
Dr Richard Fordham, Director, Fordham Research