Training on Roma Cultural Awareness


Who should attend this training?

This training is beneficial for those working in Children’s services including adoption / fostering teams, Adult social services, Family intervention and support services, Children’s Centres, Schools, Health services including safeguarding leads, Police , Youth services , third sector organisations, etc.


Why should you attend this training?

This training can make a real difference to your engagement with Roma. Better understanding promotes confidence and better decisions. This is further augmented by having relevant case studies and practical engagement tools to hand.

Trainers deliver interactive presentations including films and forum theatre performance and facilitate seminar discussions. The session also provides the opportunity to meet other practitioners working with Roma and share examples of good practice.



Many practitioners are dealing with an increasing number of difficult cases which involve East European Roma. The training will enable professionals to explore issues related to experiences from countries of origin, cultural customs and taboos, understanding of UK norms and expectations and impact on communication and engagement with services and professionals. We will also look at examples of good practice and practical ways to improve engagement and communication with migrant Roma communities in the UK.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will:

  • Know the basic facts related to the Roma history, origins, languages spoken, culture and customs relevant in a professional context
  • Understand the barriers to accessing services
  • Identify taboos and culturally sensitive issues
  • Understand Roma experience of authorities
  • Understand key concerns affecting Roma children and adults
  • Develop practical tools for engagement
  • Build networks with other professionals



“As a result of this training I am planning to promote a Roma intervention programme in order to improve understanding of Roma culture and the needs of the Roma community and to reduce crime.”

– Metropolitan Police officer


Contact us

For enquiries, please email: or call:
Gaba Smolinska-Poffley on 07709 360953 (Mondays to Thursdays) or
Marta on 020 7511 8245 (Fridays).