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Many of our courses can be adapted for in-house delivery and can be specifically tailored to meet individual needs.

Sometimes due to reasons beyond our control a course has to be cancelled or postponed.  We will advise nominating officers and applicants immediately of such a decision.  Please note in exceptional circumstances we may have to make changes at short notice to the content (to reflect changes in legislation, current thinking or topical issues), timing, speakers and/or venue.

South West Councils, Dennett House, 11 Middle Street, Taunton, Somerset TA1 1SH, Learning and Transformation Administration Team: 01823 270101


Managing Unauthorised Gypsy & Traveller Encampments



From Mar 05, 2013 to Mar 07 2013

Course Duration:

2½ days


Webbington Hotel, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2HU


Primarily suitable for specialist officers from local authorities and the private sector working with Gypsies and Travellers, including those who have a responsibility for the formulation and implementation of Gypsy and Traveller policies within their local authority.  The course will also be of benefit to elected Members, planners, social inclusion officers, police, social services and health workers.


  • Demonstrates a commitment to professional development
  • Builds a network of contacts for support and to share good practice in the workplace
  • Provides effective learning to support the assessment process


To examine changing legislation, case law and practice, relevant to the management of unauthorised encampments and unauthorised developments. This event also provides a valuable opportunity to establish relationships and interact with others who are involved in this area of work.


On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • understand how changes in legislation reflect upon existing local authority Gypsy and Traveller policy
  • describe current central government policies
  • recognise policies that address issues and permit solutions to common day to day problems
  • understand what powers apply when managing unauthorised encampments and planning enforcement, and the consequences of getting it wrong
  • understand the planning system and relevant policies for the provision of private Gypsy sites
  • appreciate the issues and implications involved in multi-agency working to ensure adequate provision of social welfare responsibilities
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CPD:  17 hours

Member Organisations:  £590
Associate Organisations: £620
Non-Member Organisations: £650

(All prices subject to VAT.  Discounts for multiple bookings may apply)


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