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Preventing hate crime

Wiltshire schools can help to promote positive relations and reduce the harm caused by hate crime, by increasing pupils' understanding of hate crime and prejudice and enabling them to explore ways of challenging it.

In Wiltshire and Swindon a Hate Crime Group has been set up to combat all forms of hate crimes and incidents by working together to meet the needs of victims, take firm action against offenders and prevent hate crimes happening.

What is hate crime?
A hate crime is any unacceptable behaviour that a person thinks has been caused by the hostility, prejudice or hatred of others against them or their property. This may be because of their:

  • Race - Skin colour, nationality, ethnicity or heritage
  • Religion - Faith or belief including agnostics and atheists
  • Gender - Male, female or non-binary
  • Gender identity – Transgender, birth gender, gender variance, questioning
  • Sexual orientation - Lesbian, bisexual, gay, heterosexual, questioning
  • Disability - Physical, learning disability, autism, hearing loss, visual impairment, mental health.

Hate crime can happen in many different ways, it could be:

  • verbal abuse and name-calling or
  • threats or intimidation or
  • physical attacks or violence sexual violence and murder or
  • graffiti or abusive writing or
  • damage to property, including arson or
  • bullying or harassment or
  • online trolling

13th - 20th October 2018 is Hate Crime Awareness Week

Hate Crime Awareness week is from 13-20th October 2018. 

The national theme this year is H.O.P.E.  This stands for;

Hate Crime Awareness- running awareness events to increase public knowledge

Operational response – encouraging people to think about how they would respond if a hate crime happened to someone they know

Prevention – preventing hate crime where possible

Empowering communities –to report hate crime and work together

The PCC and Head of Crime Standards and Justice have launched a competition for primary and secondary school children 

Further details ca be found here: 

Closing date: Friday 16th November

Judging: Week commencing 19th November

Presentations: Week commencing 26th November

There will be prizes awarded

•  Key Stage 1 - £100 voucher for the school and a £20 book voucher for the winner plus a runners up prize of a £10 book voucher

•  Key stage 2 - £100 voucher for the school and a £20 book voucher for the winner plus a runners up prize of a £10 book voucher

•  Secondary schools - £100 voucher for the school with the winning VLOG and a £20 book voucher for the winner plus a runners up prize of a £10 book voucher

Classroom input from Wiltshire police may be able to support discussion of this issue as part of PSHE education.

Useful documents

Hate crime briefing sheet (Wiltshire Police)

Hate crime information leaflet (Wiltshire Police)

Wiltshire and Swindon hate crime group strategy

Useful links

Supporting LGBT young people

True Vision includes hate crime schools pack (KS 2,3 & 4)

Wiltshire police hate crime page