Safe Homes for Scotland's Gypsy Traveller Communities

Everyone has a fundamental human right to a safe, secure, habitable, and affordable home. However, concerns have been raised about the quality of the sites available to Scotland’s Gypsy and Traveller communities. This event will explore the actions we can take to ensure that the communities have safe and secure places to stay, which respect their culture and traditions.

Early bird rate available until Friday 20 July 2018
Quote GCEB20 when booking to receive a 20% discount

Improving the Lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers

“It is fair to say that there has been plenty of talk but insufficient action. We have made some progress, but it has been patchy and inconsistent—to be frank, it has quite simply not been good enough […] I put on record the Scottish Government’s clear and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of Gypsy Travellers.”
Angela Constance MSP, Former Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, (Scottish Parliament 12 June 2018)

The past year has seen a movement to address many of the challenges facing Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller communities. The Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities has established a Ministerial Working Group that will take action to improve the lives of Gypsy/Traveller communities across a range of issues. 

The first meeting of the Ministerial Working Group in February 2018 focused on housing. A progress report, Improving Gypsy/Traveller Sites – Guidance on minimum sites standards, and site tenants’ core rights and responsibilities, published in May 2018 made it clear that whilst progress has been made there is a need for further improvement. 

Key issues we’ll examine with you

  • Progress so far on improving the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller communities
  • Next steps for meeting – and exceeding – the minimum sites standards
  • Using co-production to engage with and shape services for Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller communities
  • Supporting safe communities by tackling stigma
  • Innovative approaches to creating safe and secure homes for Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers

Who should attend?

The event will be of interest to housing officers, planning officers, environmental health professionals, traveller site managers and all those working to improve the lives of Scotland’s Gypsy Travellers.

Confirmed speakers

  • Alan Seath, Owner, Alan Seath Planning Consultancy
  • Petra Biberbach, Chief Executive, PAS
  • Speaker to be confirmed, Scottish Housing Regulator



Session 1: Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller Communities’ Accommodation Needs

  • The journey so far for Scotland’s Gypsy Traveller communities
  • Taking a radical approach to meeting accommodation needs following the publication of Scotland’s Race Equality Action plan
  • The Traveller voice

Session 2: Shaping Home Around the People

  • The next steps for meeting the minimum site standards
  • Listening to the communities and empowering them to be involved as partners in site development and management
  • Local Authority case study

Session 3: A Positive Safe Future

  • Safe homes: addressing the stigma
  • Future homes – designing and planning for inclusion
  • Reflections on the future from the Gypsy Travellers



Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

23 October 2018

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