Addressing safeguarding challenges more effectively in East European Roma communities

2 October

Leeds
PRICE

Speakers

Gabriela Smolinska-Poffley
Roma Support Group
Mihai Calin Bica
Roma Support Group

Start

October 2, 2019 - 9:30 am

End

October 2, 2019 - 3:45 pm

Address

Thackray Medical Museum, 141 Beckett Street Leeds LS9 7LN   View map




Most cities and large towns now have a community or communities of East European Roma which have expanded rapidly over the last 20 years.

Concepts of parenting and safeguarding within Roma communities can differ significantly to those of the UK and, with a history based of persecution and discrimination in their countries of origin,  many Roma have a profound distrust of UK statutory services, and especially of social services. As a result some Roma families can present a significant challenge to service providers, especially in the context of safeguarding and child protection.

Often professionals are not adequately prepared for working with as complex a range of communities as the Roma. Many Roma parents are employed, have a good level of English language, and are keen that their children make the most of educational opportunities. However, there are some families which are particularly disadvantaged,  less integrated and where older ways of living continue. These families often live in poor quality rental properties and have low status ‘unofficial’ jobs. Where language skills and levels of education are low, and state intervention is feared, Roma parents are unlikely to ask for help and may actively avoid contact.

Issues around neglect, linked to poverty as well as culture, remain the principal reason for social services intervention.There have been examples of disproportionate responses where Roma cases have been ‘fast-tracked’ to child protection measures. It is also easy to misread signs, whether due to language or cultural factors.

So how can services work more effectively, and efficiently, with Roma families? How can relationships be forged with families, and trust built up with communities?

This learning day, facilitated by the Roma Support Group (and including a Roma community member), will include a brief cultural awareness overview but will focus principally on safeguarding issues which may arise with East European Roma families, and ways in which these may be addressed more effectively.

How can services work more effectively, and efficiently, with Roma families? How can relationships be forged with families, and trust built up with communities?

This learning day, facilitated by the Roma Support Group (and including a Roma community member), will include a brief cultural awareness overview but will focus principally on safeguarding issues which may arise with East European Roma families, and ways in which these may be addressed more effectively.

Sessions will:

  • Review briefly the social history and culture of Roma from Eastern Europe
  • Explore in more depth the implications for safeguarding – including family structure and relationships, concepts of honour in the context of relationships between boys and girls, and perceptions of good parenting
  • The importance of understanding differentiation in the Roma community – employing a Roma heritage worker may not be effective if he or she is ‘from the wrong village.’
  • Identify safeguarding issues which have arisen, including parental absence, children missing school, and taking Roma children into care
  • Case studies where interventions have been poorly handled, and where they have been well handled
  • Take a fresh look at undertaking parental and other assessments
  • Share tools which exist to provide information to Roma families about child protection
  • Explore approaches to working with Roma families which build trust and promote better understanding – including a practice example of Derby City Council’s Roma Outreach Team

There will be opportunities for questions and comments in each session, and the facilitators will be happy to talk with delegates in break times.

9.30 – 10.00

Registration

10.00 – 11.15

Understanding Roma families in the context of their history and experiences

  • Brief cultural awareness overview
  • East European Roma in the UK – including differences between groups
  • Impact of cultural factors for safeguarding and child protection

11.15 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.40

Safeguarding and child protection issues which have arisen with Roma families in the UK

  • Main areas of concern for statutory authorities
  • Examples and case studies

12.40 – 1.30

Lunch

1.30 – 2.15

Taking a fresh look at the assessment process

  • Why the assessment process can be a ‘bad fit’
  • Problems around timescales
  • Language differences and working with interpreters
  • Ways to improve the assessment process

2.15 – 2.25

Collect tea and biscuits

2.25 – 3.45

Developing a more effective approach

  • Tools to promote better understanding
  • Approaches to working with Roma families
  • Derby City Council’s Roma Outreach Team

3.45

Final questions and close of learning day

The learning day will take place at Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds

The full address is:

Thackray Medical Museum
141 Beckett Street
Leeds
LS9 7LN

 

T: 0113 205 6525

W: http://www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk/

 

The Thackray Medical Museum is next to St James’s Hospital in Leeds, two miles from the city centre and easily reached by road and public transport.

 

Map and directions can also be found at this link: https://www.thackraymedicalmuseum.co.uk/visit/

Public Transport

It is approximately 10 minute taxi ride from Leeds Rail Station

Frequent bus services run from Leeds city centre. Numbers 16, 42, 49, 50, and 50A all stop nearby.

Travel by car

If travelling by road via the M621, follow the signs for York (A64) then follow the brown tourist signs.

From the north, take the A58 towards Leeds, and then follow the brown tourist signs.

Parking

There is an onsite Pay and Display car park for Museum visitors as well as conference delegates, which has room for 120 cars. The spaces are available on a first come first served basis. Please have the correct change as the machines do not give change and they do not take notes. Alternatively you can pay using your mobile phone & card (admin charge applies) details on the machines. Anyone attending a full day conference/event pays just £4. Please pay as normal at the machine and obtain an extension permit from the car park attendant to display in your vehicle.

There are four parking spaces for Blue Badge holders, which are also allocated on a first come first served basis and are free of charge.

Alternative parking is available at St James’s Hospital multi-storey car park on Beckett Street (5mins walk). In addition, there are also two pay and display car parks within a few minutes walk. However, these car parks have their own charges and hourly rates as they are not associated with the Museum.

The Roma Support Group is based in London and has been working with East European Roma refugees and migrants since 1998. Members of the Roma community are involved in all aspects of the organisation.  The Roma Support Group offers Roma families a variety of services, and works to promote an understanding of Roma culture in the UK.

The Roma Support Group has worked extensively with a very wide range of statutory and voluntary sector service providers.

  • Children’s and families’ social workers
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Family support professionals
  • Children’s charities
  • Youth workers, gangs projects, and CSE specialists
  • Schools
  • Education support, including education welfare and exclusions
  • Youth justice professionals
  • New Arrivals teams
  • Community safety
  • Substance misuse services
  • Community health services
  • Maternity health services and health visitors
  • Public health
  • Police and Community Protection Officers
  • Housing professionals – social and private rented

The delegate fee:

£135 + VAT per place

A *team deal discount is available when you book either 3 or 5 places together

Team of 3 £335 + VAT

Team of 5 £540 + VAT

Please ring 0115 9163104 for further information.

The delegate rate includes an information pack, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 11th September 2019 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

Team deals are not cancellable, but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.

CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO conferences@ccclimited.org.uk AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.

 

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.