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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


Travellers, Sites and Unauthorised Encampments



From Oct 22, 2018 to Oct 24 2018

Course Duration:

3 days residential


Mercure Gloucester, Bowden Hall Hotel, Bondend Lane, Upton St Leonards, Gloucester, GL4 8ED


A course for those in contact with Gypsy and Traveller groups and for anyone whose work impacts on Gypsies and Travellers to explore the sociological and political issues related to the provision of sites and unauthorised encampments.  The course is of particular benefit to Councillors, planners, social inclusion officers, education and health workers, police community officers, housing officers and others with an interest in this area of work.


The course provides opportunities for you to network with a range of people with extensive experience.  There is a Gypsy & Traveller panel who will talk to you about their experiences of living and expert speakers.


  • Historical background
  • Traveller panel
  • Community relations
  • Delivering government policy
  • Types of sites
  • Site management
  • Safety on sites
  • Unauthorised encampments
  • The law relating to unauthorised encampments
  • Obtaining possession
  • National planning framework
  • Enforcement strategies

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Membership Organisations (including NAGTO members): £555

Non-Member Organisations: £595

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


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