Gypsy Travellers, human rights and social work's role launch event

“Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people.” It incorporates principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversity." (International definition of social work)

Gypsy Travellers experience denial of identity, forced assimilation, racial harassment, daily discrimination, a lack of understanding and respect for cultural difference – all on a regular basis. They also experience poorer life outcomes than the settled community, with poverty clearly related to discrimination experienced. (Iriss Insight 35, in production).

Members of the Gypsy Traveller community, independent social workers, academics, Iriss and SASW are hosting a free event – chaired by Lesley Riddoch – which is intended as the start of a programme to bring about lasting change. It will be held on Friday, 24 March at Glasgow Caledonian University (12-5pm).

This event will provide you with opportunities to:

  1. Embrace opportunities to improve and learn
  2. Explore social work's role in upholding a Human Rights approach to support Gypsy Travellers
  3. Share our ambition to provide leadership on this issue

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to: social work practitioners, professional bodies and groups linked to or with an interest in this agenda.