www.ReportRacismGRT.com : the new tool to tackle hate crime against Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

20 June

Resource for London, N7


June 20, 2018 - 9:30 am


June 20, 2018 - 4:30 pm


Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PA   View map
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Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) people are more likely than most other ethnic groups to be the victims of hate crime. The police define a hate crime as “Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or transgender”.

Abuse and discrimination against GRT people is too often seen as the last acceptable form of racism, reflecting institutional views of GRTs and how they live their lives. For many people in these communities, learning to accept and internalise abuse becomes a way of life. But this comes at a high price as children are taken out of school because of bullying and families often distrust contact with statutory services.

Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Herts (GATE Herts) is a community led organisation and understands that many community members are reluctant to report directly to the police so it set up a dedicated GRT reporting site for hate crime, Report Racism.

GATE Herts found that the two most common reasons for not reporting a hate incident were:

  • Belief that the police or other authorities would do nothing
  • The incident was too common an occurrence to report

Report Racism GRT is the entry point to a new system for proactively tackling hate crime and discrimination against these communities. It is both a means of reporting a crime, and a mechanism for gathering data which can help shape effective ways to tackle hate crime at policy level. It is also a contact point for getting help and support from dedicated case workers.

Following the launch in Parliament of its hate crime report the previous day, GATE Herts is hosting a GRT-led conference which aims to bring together GRT community representatives, organisations working with GRT communities, and statutory and voluntary services.

The conference, funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communication and Local Government, aims to:

  • Set out the findings from Recognise, Report, Resolve, a new report on GRT hate crime from Goldsmiths, University of London/GATE Herts, which will be launched on 19 June in Parliament
  • Detail how Report Racism GRT works – and the importance of engaging with all agencies who work with GRT people
  • Offer workshops relating to hate crime, which focus on four key areas:
    • LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) people within GRT communities – This will explore some of the dual prejudice and difficulties experienced.
    • Education – GRT children fare worse in education than all other ethnic groups. Racism and bullying play a key part in discouraging children from attending mainstream school. Other concerns such as different cultural values and practices, environment, and aspirations are also barriers.
    • Health – with the lowest life expectancy in the UK, GRT people urgently need to access health services earlier and more frequently. Roadside Travellers are still told they need a permanent address, and issues of trust and cultural practice discourage GRT people from seeking medical services.
    • Planning and consultation – following the announcement in April 2018 of a government review of the law and powers (including a consultation) to deal with unauthorised caravan sites and developments, what are the key messages from GRT organisations?

Workshops run twice and delegates may attend TWO.

  • Searching for the Travelling people, a new film from Damien Le Bas – A documentary showing how times have moved on since In 1964, The Ballad of The Travelling People was first broadcast on BBC Radio. Created by pioneering radio producer Charles Parker with folk musicians Peggy Seeger and Ewan MacColl, it explored the lives of Gypsies and Travellers using their own words, giving a voice to a historically outcast people. In this short documentary, the renowned author and poet Damian Le Bas journeys across Britain to re-visit the people and places Parker connected with more than 50 years ago, to try to create a new modern ballad for the travelling people of today. Sung by Thomas McCarthy.
  • The conference is chaired by Helen Jones, Chief Executive Officer of multi-award winning Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange


In addition, there will be a display of artwork by GRT artists, and the launch of an important new exhibition on the Gypsy Holocaust, commissioned by GATE Herts and funded by the Anne Frank Trust.

It is essential that professionals from all mainstream services come together to achieve a deeper understanding of hate crime against GRTs, and to take the next big step to tackle it together with GRT communities.


Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee and view GRT artwork and the Holocaust exhibition

10.00 – 10.10

Welcome and introduction

Helen Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Leeds GATE – Chair, Panel of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers

10.10 – 11.30

Why we need to report hate crime? What the effects are? – Mike Ainsworth  Chair of Independent advisory group hate crime at Ministry of Justice


Recognise, Report, Resolve – key findings – David Woodger and Dr Naomi Thompson, Goldsmiths, University of London


Campaigning against GRT hate crime in a national context – Mark Healey Hate Crime Specialist National hate crime awareness week


Why create a separate tool for GRT hate crime?  – Ciprian Ionita,

Using Report Racism GRT  Claire Rice, Hate Crime Officers, GATE Herts

11.30 – 11.45

Refreshment break

11.45 – 12.30

Workshops (session 1)

[ delegates may attend ONE of the following]


  1. LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex)- Jim Davies (Romany ex policeman, now at equality & Social justice unit) & Mark Donahue
  1. Education – Lisa Smith and Rose Macarthy, Advisory Council for the Education of Romany and other Travellers (ACERT)
  1. Health –  Friends Families & Travellers
  1. Planning and consultation – Helen Jones, CEO, Leeds GATE

12.30 – 1.30


1.30 – 2.15

Workshops (session 2)

Re-run of workshops will look at different aspects of hate crime against GRT people

[delegates may attend ONE of the following]

  1. LGBTQI hate crime
  2. Education
  3. Health
  4. Planning and consultation

2.15 – 3.15

Searching for the Travelling People (film by Damien Le Bas)

Thomas MacCarthy (the singer from the film)

3.15 – 3.30

Quick break

3.30 – 4.00

Q&A session on workshop findings and outcomes – Panel


4.00 – 4.15

The impact of hate crime on GRT people -and how Report Racism GRT can change this – Josie O’Driscoll, Chief Officer, Sherrie Smith, Project Manager

4.15 – 4.30


Linking into wider networks – Kate Belinis, Chief Executive, and Tim Haywood Smith, Community Services Manager, CDA Herts

Close of conference

  • Police – especially hate crime leads and hate crime officers
  • Fire Services
  • Prison officers and support staff
  • Legal services and court services
  • Strategic education managers
  • Head teachers
  • Educational psychologists
  • Education welfare officers, school nurses
  • Further education and higher education directors and managers
  • Local authority equality leads
  • Community Safety and ASB managers
  • Social services directors, and strategic/service managers
  • Housing directors and strategic/service managers
  • Social housing managers with responsibility for tackling ASB and hate crime
  • Health service – directors, managers and senior practitioners for all areas of health in Trusts and community based services
  • Transport service managers
  • Advocacy services
  • Services working directly with GRT people
  • Academics with an interest in GRT communities
  • Gypsy Roma Traveller community groups

The conference will take place in Holloway, London:

Resource For London
356 Holloway Road
N7 6PA
5 minutes from Holloway Road underground station (Piccadilly Line)

 For public transport information, go to this link: http://www.resourceforlondon.org/contact-us/


Due to a lack of public car parking in the area, the use of public transport is strongly encouraged.

If you are a blue badge holder, please contact us on 0115 916 3104.


Details of nearby accommodation will be provided with confirmation of booking.


Delegate fees:

Standard rate –  £40 + VAT


Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 30 May 2018 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

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.


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.