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 will be launching a competition for school children on Monday 15th October.
We will be asking schools to consider how they can promote a message of ‘HOPE’ – think about how to value difference, be inclusive, promote kindness and the impact of our actions on others.
Primary Schools – Design a poster with the H.O.P.E slogan
Secondary Schools – A video log no longer that 60 seconds containing the H.O.P.E slogan
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
Hate crime briefing sheet (Wiltshire Police)
Hate crime information leaflet (Wiltshire Police)