The engagement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) families in Children and Family Centres.

Student, A. (2017) The engagement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) families in Children and Family Centres. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study aimed to research the engagement of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) families in Children and Family Centres, with a focus on: who GRT families are, how settings promote engagement, barriers to engagement and outcomes of engagement. A review of relevant literature has been undertaken, along with six semi-structured interviews using a qualitative approach. Both of these were put together in order to have a more in-depth analysis of data.

The main findings of this study were that GRT families are often victims of prejudice. This can create a barrier to engagement in Children and Family Centres, due to parents appearing to be judgemental and professionals not reflecting on their own judgements. This partnered with funding cuts and difficulties in multi-agency working creates challenges in GRT families engaging in Children and Family Centres. However, it was clear that through certain incentives professionals were able to overcome the barriers of engagement. These included; formal and formal ways of engagement, reflective practice, building relationships, promoting two year funding and embracing GRT culture. When these incentives were successful, there were many clear outcomes with children’s development, such as speech and language, improving, children becoming school ready, families being more included in the community and stronger relationships.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Departments > Childhood and Youth
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Wendy Ellison
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2017 11:54
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 11:54
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2935

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