Recommendations

The current Travellers JSNA is making the following recommendations:

  1. Develop a County wide Gypsy and Traveller strategy to improve outcomes and life chances for Gypsy and Traveller communities and promote and enable community cohesion in Cambridgeshire.
  2. There is a need for better data collection and ethnic monitoring.  Local authorities, the NHS and other public bodies should review their ethnic monitoring systems to include Romany Gypsy and Irish Traveller as separate categories and use the resulting data for better planning and commissioning.  Work should be undertaken to encourage Gypsies and Travellers to complete the 2011 census.
  3. A number of health issues have been identified and there should be a focus on:
  • Early intervention/prevention and promotion of immunisations and screening.
  • Mental health specialist support services.
  • Male health specialist support services.
  • More support around complex health needs.
  • Investigation into infant and maternal mortality and prevalence of disabilities in the Gypsy and Traveller population; further work is needed to help understand this.
  • Raising awareness of the Gypsy and Traveller community with professionals.
  • Training health champions from the Gypsy and Traveller community.

4. Public health and other service information and communications need to be provided in an accessible format to the Gypsy and Traveller population and the content appropriate.

5. Accommodation:
The implications of the revocation of the Regional Spatial Strategy should be considered and the need for additional Gypsy and Traveller accommodation addressed.
Promote consistent site management practices across the County.

6. Continue emphasis on promoting good practice in education of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils in schools and other educational settings.

7. Encourage sharing of good practice across different organisations.

8. Promote continuing community engagement with the Gypsy and Traveller population.

9. Develop strategies to promote integration between the settled and Traveller communities to reduce mistrust, fear and discrimination.