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Equality and Diversity

Gypsy and Traveller wellbeing

Wellbeing history

There is a long history of Gypsy and Traveller communities living, working and travelling in Hampshire and Hampshire County Council is committed to working in partnership with other agencies to improve their health and wellbeing.

Gypsies and Travellers are known to experience some of the worst outcomes of any population group across a broad range of indicators, including significant inequalities in relation to their health and wellbeing.

For example, national data indicates that:

  • Just 12% of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils achieved five or more good GCSEs in 2011, including English and Mathematics, compared with 58.2% of all pupils

  • Gypsies and Travellers experience higher rates of miscarriages, stillbirths, neonatal and infant deaths compared to the general population

  • 39% of Gypsies and Travellers have long term health conditions compared to 26% of age-matched comparators

  • Studies have reported that Gypsy and Traveller communities are frequently subjected to hostility and discrimination and are three times more likely to be anxious and twice as likely to be depressed

It is also widely reported that Gypsies and Travellers die on average 10-12 years younger than the general population, which is perhaps the greatest inequality of all.

Research into wellbeing

A significant amount of local research has been conducted into the health and wellbeing needs of Gypsies and Travellers living in Hampshire.

Forest Bus Combined Research into the health and social needs of Gypsies and Travellers in Hampshire 2005-2008.

Hampshire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) 2013 also includes a chapter on Gypsies and Travellers.

Research into the health and wellbeing needs of Gypsies and Travellers living in ‘bricks and mortar’ accommodation in East Hampshire, Hart and New Forest District Council areas 2014.

Health and Wellbeing Action Group

In response to these inequalities, the Council has established a county-wide Gypsy and Traveller Health and Wellbeing Action Group. This group aims to provide a multi-agency planning and delivery forum for local agencies and services to work together to improve health and wellbeing through the development of a Health and Wellbeing Action Plan.

The group is represented from a broad range of organisations and services, as well as professionals and individuals with a special interest in Gypsy and Traveller health.

The group is represented from a broad range of organisations and services, as well as professionals and individuals with a special interest in Gypsy & Traveller health.

For more information on the group and to obtain copies of the terms of reference and action plan please contact:

 

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