Cultural challenges faced by foster carers and children of Gypsy and Traveller communities

By Emma Nuttall, Advice and Policy Manager of Friends, Families and Travellers

The number of foster carers from the Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK is currently extremely low. This is a great shame considering there is a great need for Gypsy/Traveller children to be fostered by carers from their own ethnic backgrounds.

Working partnerships are key during these challenging times

By Chris Whitwell, CEO of Friends Families and Travellers

As an organisation which continues to fight for fairness and equality on behalf of Gypsies and Travellers we know first hand how important it is to work collaboratively with other organisations.

A main concern for Gypsies and Travellers is the shortage of appropriate accommodation, and to put some context to this, we don't know exactly how many Gypsies and Travellers there are in the UK because before 2011 they were not included in census statistics. However, it is estimated that there are between 200,000 and 300,000 Gypsies and Travellers in the UK (excluding newly arrived Roma from other parts of Europe).

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