Good practice guidance: Understanding the Welfare Impact of the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Act

July 2022 - This Good Practice Guide, written by Dan Allen of Manchester Metropolitan University with the support of the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Association, has been developed in order to support ethical and human rights-based welfare enquiries when the new criminal offence under the Police Act Part 4 is initiated.

Supporting welfare enquiries in unauthorised encampments: Roundtable event

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The good practice guidance is applicable to anyone undertaking these welfare enquiries, including social workers. The welfare enquiry is two-stage, as the best advice may be for families to leave an unauthorised encampment to prevent criminal sanctions such as arrest, removal of homes, fines and/or imprisonment. Part A therefore allows for key information to be given to families and for key information about the circumstances of a removal to be gathered.

Part B is initiated if a full welfare enquiry needs to be undertaken, because significant welfare concerns become apparent, through the application of Part 4 of the Police Act. To be absolutely clear, the vulnerability is inherent in the provisions found in Part 4 of the Police Act, and not about perceptions of Gypsy or Traveller parenting or cultural practices. This good practice guidance is strengths-based, family-focused, and pro-Gypsy and Traveller - we are working towards it becoming the consistent tool to be used by anyone outside of the Police who is involved in undertaking welfare enquiries under the Police Act.

Resources, statements & blogs

BASW blog: Reflections on #WhatMakesAHome (June 2022)

BASW Cymru National Director, Allison Hulmes, marks Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month with a powerful personal reflection.

BASW UK statement on anti-Gypsyism and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller rights (April 2022)

This statement outlines BASW’s position against racism and discrimination against Gypsy, Roma and Traveller individuals and communities.

Police Bill: BASW UK stands in solidarity with Gypsy, Traveller and nomadic people (April 2022)

"The implementation of the Police Bill will not stop Gypsies and Travellers pursuing nomadic traditions which are protected in law."

Social workers write to Priti Patel opposing inhumane Police Bill that discriminates against Romani and Traveller families (December 2021)

BASW, SWU and partner organisations express concern that recent guidance is inhumane and unlawful.

BASW Blog: 'Why the wheel cannot stop turning' (July 2021)

Allison Hulmes, BASW Cymru National Director, on why social workers must oppose anti-GRT proposals in the Police Bill.

BASW and SWU oppose Part 4 of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (June 2021)

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and the Social Workers Union (SWU) strongly support the position of the GRTSW Association and urge Government to remove Part 4 from the Police Bill.

BASW briefs policymakers on anti-GRT proposals ahead of next stage of Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (July 2021)

Members of the GRT community have the right not to be harassed and discriminated against on the basis of their ethnic identity and way of life.