Prejudice blamed for major rise in Roma and Traveller children in care

A study has blamed a lack of professional understanding and prejudice within child protection services for the massive spike in the numbers of Roma and Traveller children being taken into care.

 There has been a 720 per cent increase in the number of Roma and Traveller children in care since 2009. Picture: Ciara Leeming

The number of Roma and Traveller children in care in England has risen from 50 in 2009 to 410 in 2017 – an increase of 720 per cent.  

In comparison, over the same period there was a 19 per cent increase in the total number of children in care.

The report, Fragility of Professional Competence, put together by the University of Salford for the European Roma Rights Centre, blamed the increases on several factors including prejudice among children’s professionals, unsuitable training and workload pressures. 

Read the full article on this link to Children and Young People Now

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