Katy Thorne and Pippa Woodrow assist Traveller Movement with new guidance on sentencing Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children

Katy Thorne and Pippa Woodrow from the Doughty Street Crime Team have been assisting the Traveller Movement with raising awareness amongst those working in the Criminal Justice System about issues facing Gypsy, Traveller and Roma people, and children in particular.  


New sentencing guidelines for children and young people, to be introduced on 1st June, will place increased focus on the background, circumstances and vulnerability of children in the youth justice system. They will also require courts to consider the overrepresentation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children in the system and to take into account particular factors arising in the cases involving children from these groups. However, Gypsy, Traveller and Roma (GTR) people are distinct ethnic groups yet they rarely receive the same recognition as other BAME communities, notwithstanding data that shows they experience multiple inequalities in society.


The new guidance issued by the Traveller Movement, drafted with the involvement of Katy and Pippa, seeks to equip practitioners with tools and information with which they might better assist GTR clients.


The guidance can be found by clicking here.  


If you wish to know more, or discuss any specific issues involved in representing GTR clients, please e-mail us


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