the police, crime sentencing and
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act 2022 (‘Police Act’) came into force on 28 June 2022.
Part 4 of the Act directly affects people who live roadside. There is a chronic national shortage of places nomadic Gypsies and Travellers can legally and safely stop.
Despite this, Part 4 of the Act means people who stop roadside can face being arrested, fined and their homes confiscated, for having nowhere else to go.
It is more important than ever for people living roadside, and those who support nomadic Gypsies and Travellers, to understand the law and learn about our legal rights.
Learn more, find and share resources on the Policing Act with the resources below:
learn about the police act
Learn more with the full guide on the Police Act written by the CLP and FFT (27 pages).
Watch these bite-sized videos below where Mattey Mitchell, FFT Health Campaigns Officer, explains what the Police Act means for Gypsy and Traveller people.
Click below to watch the Friends, Families and Travellers with CLP workshop on the Police Act 2022.
The Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Social Worker Association (GRTSWA) launched it's best practice guide for welfare checks this July, 2022. It has been designed as strengths-based, family-focused, and pro-Gypsies and Travellers.
The guide can be used by anyone conducting welfare checks with people living roadside, not just social workers. GRTSWA aims for this guide to be adopted across the UK and for it to become the gold-standard approach for supporting roadside Gypsies and Travellers.
GRTSWA has designed the welfare check in two stages. Depending on the situation, it may sometimes be best practice to advise the family to leave a roadside camp to avoid the Police Act being enforced. This would potentially lead to arrest, removal of homes, fines or imprisonment.
Part A allows for key information to be given to families in this circumstance, as well as for key information to be gathered about the situation at hand.
Part B is to be used if a full welfare enquiry needs to be undertaken, if significant welfare concerns become apparent, through the use of Part 4 of the Police Act.
INFORMATION FOR TRAVELLING COMMUNITIES IN WALES
The Coalition for the Rights of Traveling Communities Cymru (CRTCC) have produced a bilingual poster/flyer summarising the implications of the PCSC Act as well as advice and contact details.
To download the poster/flyer (2 pages), click the button below and feel free to share.