Topic: Respecting Diversity (Hate Crime)

This toolkit aims to support and assist education staff, partner agencies and CYP practitioners in their work with children, young people and families.

Introduction

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect, understanding that each individual is unique with individual differences. The most common dimensions of diversity include:

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio-economic status
  • Age
  • Physical abilities
  • Religious beliefs
  • Political beliefs, or other ideologies

With the increasing need to challenge and address hate motivated/targeted behaviour among communities, in particular young people, this toolkit captures expert organisations who can provide information, advice and resources to support work relating to specific protected characteristics.

The information and resources offered aim to support professionals with educating children and young people about respecting individual differences, exploring these in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment to help them better understand each other and move beyond ‘simple tolerance’ to respect, embrace and celebrate the diverse society they are growing up in.

The topic tabs below provide support, information and resources from specialist dedicated organisations.

Law Overview

Incidents which involve acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are, or who someone thinks they are, dealt with by police as a ‘Hate Crime’ or ‘Hate Incident’.

Any act which amounts to a criminal offence can be a hate crime if it was carried out because of hostility or prejudice based on disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.

Incidents related to other personal characteristics, such as age or belonging to an alternative subculture, are not classified as hate crimes under the law. Such incidents can still be reported and will be dealt with in accordance to the offence committed, but will not be prosecuted as hate crimes by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service.

When an incident is classified as a hate crime, the criminal justice system can impose a tougher sentence on the offender under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

For more information about Hate Crime and reporting it can be found on the Hampshire Constabulary website via the link button below:

Stand Up!

Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination sets out to educate and empower young people to stand up to discrimination, racism, antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred, whilst developing their social responsibility in the community.

Framed within a broad conversation about the Equality Act (2010) and British Values, Stand Up! currently employs two facilitators from Jewish and Muslim backgrounds, modeling a partnership of interfaith collaboration and demonstrating how groups which are often perceived as oppositional, can work together successfully.

Free Lesson Resources

Providing free lesson resources covering a broad history of discrimination, looking at events from the Holocaust through to antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred in British society today, including what to do if you are the victim or a witness to hate crime.

Free ‘All StandUp’ Workshops

One or two hour workshops delivered to Year 10 by a team of fully trained educators from Jewish and Muslim backgrounds

  • Schools receive pre and post-session packs
  • Sessions can be tailored to schools’ needs
  • Stand Up! is for all secondary schools nationwide

This interactive workshop aims to educate young people about tolerance and social responsibility, and give them skills to counter discrimination whilst safeguarding their personal safety.

The Stand Up! Education Against Discrimination workshops are available to schools in Hampshire; more information, including how to book and testimonials, can be found on the official StandUp! Education website along with access to the free lesson resources. Visit the website via the link button below:

Standup! Education
Additional Resources
The Classroom

Schools Out

The Schools Out LGBT Education Charity has developed supporting website The Classroom to provide teachers with a range of LGBT lesson plans for all key stages, ensuring a simple but effective method to educate and promote equality and diversity. Their aim is to eradicate homophobia and transphobia by making the lives and contributions of LGBT people visible throughout education through a broad and balanced curriculum.

The Classroom aims to:

  • Provide new, free and user-friendly lesson plans to challenge homophobia/transphobia across the curriculum.
  • Link to a wide range of resources, lessons, tool kits and guidance that supplement its lesson plans and offer alternative solutions.
  • Present a user-friendly method that underpins its work.

Primary and secondary resources have been written by the Schools OUT team, made up of qualified teachers, trainers and practitioners, to ensure lesson plans are of value and adaptable to meet individual needs of schools.

More information about Schools Out and The Classroom, along with access to resources, can be accessed via the relevant link buttons below:

The Classroom
Schools Out