Stop Hate UK – Response to HMIC Report

The recent report, issued by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC), says that Police in England and Wales must tackle ‘significant problems’ in handling Hate Crime.

It’s a headline that makes people sit up and take notice and many are quick to criticise the authorities for not always getting things right in this area. However, there is a wider perspective that must be considered when looking at this potentially sensitive issue.

Whilst many of the UK’s Police forces have a Hate Crime strategy and defined strands of Hate Crime, there is still a lack of training and understanding about what Hate Crime is, the correct way to record the incidents and having the time, expertise and knowledge of how to respond to victims and witnesses.

We know that there is a great deal of inconsistency of the quality and quantity of training and we would like to see Hate Crime training prioritised – including refresher training – and checks to ensure that the message and policies are fully understood.

Our Police forces are already vastly overstretched and have had funding consistently cut for the last few years. However, if the report’s predicted trend in the rise of Hate Crime incidents does come to fruition in 2019, then those resources will be even more stretched to cope with any increase, no matter what the level.

It is, therefore, vital that the Police and authorities make use of the advice, support and training that is available to them from specialist 3rd party organisations, such as Stop Hate UK and that, collectively, we must adopt a collaborative approach to tackling Hate Crime.

Often, when people make their very first call to report or ask for advice regarding what could be perceived to be a Hate Crime or Hate Incident, that first conversation or point of contact is, arguably, their most vital conversation.

This is where 3rd party groups, organisations and charities provide such vital support to the Police. It is this specialist, expert advice that can often be the difference in how someone perceives their entire experience, in terms of the help they receive and their journey towards a resolution and/or outcome.

Stop Hate UK currently provide support to a number of the UK’s police forces and have developed many key relationships with other organisations during this time, proving that a collaborative effort is the key to tackling Hate Crime in our society, and that we are truly stronger together.

To find out more about Stop Hate UK, our training and support services and our work to assist in tackling Hate in our society, visit our website or search for our social media platforms.

Galvanising Leeds Towards A Hate Free City

Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free City

Galvanising Leeds Towards A Hate Free CityOn 14th June, in Leeds Civic Hall, people from community groups, charities, the city council and the police came together, with a common goal – to ‘Galvanise Leeds’ towards being a Hate free city.

Organised by Stop Hate UK, the event was held in association with Safer Leeds and Passion Works CIC and was one of the first of its kind in the city, in terms of having such a diverse audience, made up of those at the forefront of the city’s Hate Crime Strategy, but also those who are no less involved yet, until now, have perhaps not had the platform or the access to such resources.

The event had received funding and assistance from the National Lottery Awards for All, Leeds’s Community Safety Partnership, Safer Leeds and the University of Leeds.

After a welcoming address from our very own Chief Executive, Rose Simkins, it was the turn of Harvinder Saimbhi, Head of Anti-social Behaviour for Leeds City Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free CityCouncil, speaking as Head of Operational Delivery, gave a great presentation on the progress made by the Leeds Hate Crime strategy and its priorities for 2018.

We then welcomed Leeds GATE, the award winning community members organisation for Gypsies and Travellers, who presented a video they had made themselves, highlighting the issues faced by the group’s members. This was followed by a passionate address from Sophia Thomas, Director of TransLeeds, who provide support and advocacy for all trans* identifying people across Leeds.

The morning’s keynote speeches were rounded off by Stop Hate UK’s Director of London Services, but in his guise as Chair of the Government Independent Advisory Group (IAG) talking about the Hate Crime National Strategy and Priorities.

Prior to the day of the conference, delegates were invited to select to participate in a number of workshops, facilitated by various groups and individuals and it was at this point the audience divided to join their chosen morning workshops.

The morning workshops were run by West Yorkshire Police, Stop Hate UK, Ann Chapman Consultancy and Leeds Development Education Centre & Voice Influence & Change Team, covering such topics as transport, reporting and monitoring Hate Crime in Leeds, what communities should be included and young people, respectively.Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free City

After a break for lunch, the afternoon workshops commenced, featuring topics such as Online Hate, Hate Crime in public places (city centre and nighttime economy, what makes a ‘safe place’ and engaging reporting and signposting in Leeds.

These workshops were delivered by Aspire CBS, the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Stop Hate UK and Tea and Tolerance.

 

After another welcome refreshment break, the afternoon moved into a plenary session, introduced again by Rose Simkins, who welcomed the Ambassador of the Jo Cox Foundation and lead on the ‘More in Common’ movement, Kim Leadbeater, who delivered a rousing address on just how the tragic death of her sister Jo Cox has completely changed her life and focus, which certainly touched many members of the audience.

After a feedback session from each of the workshop groups, it was left for Rose to close the day and thank all the attendees, speakers and facilitators, plus those who had helped to organise this amazing and unique day.Galvanising Leeds Towards a Hate Free City

Commenting on the day, Rose said “We are very proud that Leeds is such a diverse city, but we need to ensure that all people, whatever their identity, feel part of it and, when we say diverse, are we including everybody?  We need to ensure that all voices are heard and that we all feel safe and secure in Leeds. I hope this event means there will now be a raft of things we can introduce that will make it even better.”

To find out more about Stop Hate UK or Galvanising Leeds, visit our website by clicking here.

Remembering Stephen Lawrence

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence. The thoughts of everyone here at Stop Hate UK are with Doreen and Neville, and all of the Lawrence family.

Stephen Lawrence

As the title of last week’s BBC documentary made clear, Stephen’s murder changed a nation. This legacy, and his family’s tireless and dignified fight for justice, truth, and fairness, continues to be an inspiration for all of us and is a beacon of hope for a better future for all our communities.

Stephen may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. He is at the heart of everything we do.

Rose Simkins
Chief Executive , Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK Hate Crime Reporting App

Stop Hate UK – Updated West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App

We’re pleased to announce some changes to our West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App.

Although not one of the 5 nationally monitored strands of Hate Crime, Ageism still appears consistently in our own reports and statistics, so the new release of the Stop Hate UK Reporting App now contains Ageism as one of the available selections behind an incident’s motivation.

Stop Hate UK Hate Crime Reporting App

Also, we’ve enhanced the App so users can be more specific when specifying faith as the motivation for the Hate Crime incident. Now, if faith is selected, there is a supplementary question about the type of faith that was involved; e.g. Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or any other faith.

These two changes will help us to make sure we are gathering more of the relevant information to provide help, support and guidance throughout the reporting and referral process.

A key addition to the new release of our App is that any audio, video or pictures are now automatically stored to your device (which was not possible on the previous version).

This means that once anything that might help in the reporting of an incident, such as a recording of someone saying something offensive or inappropriate, footage relating to an incident or a picture that could be important to taking the report further, would now be stored permanently on your device, until you delete it.

The advantages to this are that, sometimes, it could be that the situation of the incident could mean it is necessary to get away as quickly as possible, which can now be done with the captured images, audio or footage securely available on your device, to refer back to later and complete your report.

Another advantage is anything captured to the device will also be available for any authorities (e.g. the Police) or other organisation to view in their investigations or any other referral processes.

Finally, we’ve upgraded our App so that it’s now compatible with most tablet devices, featuring all the updates mentioned above, so it’s now even easier to access our West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App.

If you already have our App downloaded and installed onto your device, all you need to do is head to your app store and download the updates that are ready and waiting for you!

If you’ve not managed to download our App as yet, don’t worry! Just visit your device’s operating system’s app store, search for ‘Stop Hate UK’ and follow the instructions.

We hope that you find the improvements we’ve made to our App mean it’s a more user friendly and thorough method to report a Hate Crime incident. If you’d like to find out more about the work of Stop Hate UK or our Hate Crime Reporting App, visit our website or email info@stophateuk.org.

Spread Love Not Hate

❤️ Spread Love, Not Hate. ❤️

I write the first blog of 2018 looking forward to another successful year for Stop Hate UK, packed full of events, initiatives and our continued work to challenge all forms of Hate Crime.

Spread Love Not Hate

It’s only the middle of February and we’ve already seen 2 successful ‘Hate Crime Awareness Weeks’ in Merseyside and Greater Manchester, where Stop Hate UK played a key role in supporting the many things happening in both areas and there’s so much more to come in 2018!

These weeks also coincided with the launch of our new ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ campaign.

Our new campaign has been launched in response to the many tragic events, that we witnessed in 2017, but also to remind ourselves of our very own vision statement;

“We dream of a society which is free from hate, harassment and discrimination, where all people are valued for their unique identity.”

When I reference our vision statement, I am also reminded of the great quote from the American poet and civil rights activist, Mary Angelou, that;

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

So, we think our new campaign to ‘Spread Love, Not Hate’ really resonates with our core values and vision, but also uses language that people can really relate to and get behind.

As part of the campaign, we’ve launched a range of new merchandise, available to buy to show your support and, of course, spread the love! Just visit our online shop to take a look at the new items, together with our existing range of Stop Hate UK products.

We’re really looking forward to 2018 and building on our successes in 2017 and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the love.

Rose Simkins

Chief Executive, Stop Hate UK

National Hate Crime Awareness 2017 – Joint Press Release

October 14th 2017 marks the beginning of the 6th annual National Hate Crime Awareness Week #NHCAW. The week starts with a special launch event at St Paul’s Cathedral, at 6pm on Sunday 15th October, followed by Hate Crime awareness events right across the UK for the duration of the week.

The week is organised by the anti-Hate Crime charity 17-24-30 No Hate Crime Campaign, in partnership with Stop Hate UK, the leading national Hate Crime charity.

This year we are also very pleased to announce that 17-24 -30 has received funding for National Hate Crime Awareness Week from both DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) and MOPAC (Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime – London) in order to increase awareness of the week and increase the range of merchandise we can offer to support events and initiatives across the country.

Last year over 200 events were organised and registered on the 17-24-30 website, where you can find a full list of all the Hate Crime events and activities taking place around the UK on its annual National Hate Crime Google map.

The week’s aim is to encourage all of us including local authorities, local councils and local police services to work together with communities affected by Hate Crime across the UK to stage Hate Crime awareness events to promote a message of HOPE.

The acronym HOPE stands for:

  • Hate crime awareness,
  • Operational response to hate crime,
  • Preventing hate crime and
  • Empowering communities to report hate crime and access support services.

Founder of 17-24-30, Mark Healey says

“We are very proud that National Hate Crime Awareness Week is now being marked by so many local authorities and organisations around the UK. This will be our biggest year yet but there is still so much more that needs to be done. We need to get every local authority involved. We want people to organise and get involved in hate crime awareness events everywhere around the UK, to remember those we have lost, and stand together with all those affected by these horrendous attacks. Working together we will eliminate all forms of hate crime.”

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK believes it’s an important week in the calendar by adding

“We wholeheartedly support National Hate Crime Awareness week and we would encourage people to show their support to the many people affected by Hate Crime. Although every week is Hate Crime Awareness week for Stop Hate UK the week gives others the opportunity to show their support for this vital work and for us all to work closer together.”

The week is supported at both organisations’ websites and via social media using #NHCAW. The week runs from Saturday 14th October until Saturday 21st October 2017.

For more information visit our NHCAW page or visit the National Hate Crime Awareness Week website.

Latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter

We are pleased to share with you the latest CPS Hate Crime Newsletter.

It’s packed full of information, including positive outcomes in CPS areas, information about the Gender Recognition Act, the NBCPA and LGBT network event and much, much more.

You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

If you have any comments or questions about the newsletter, you can email the CPS Team here or contact Stop Hate UK here.

The next issue will be released in July, so look out for the latest update on our website.

 

Manchester Attack: Stop Hate UK Comment

A week after the tragic events in Manchester and we are all still reeling from the shock, I felt compelled to write to express my total admiration for the all those involved in the devastating events that unfolded on the evening of Monday 22nd May 2017.

People who were going about their daily lives, as many are when these tragedies strike – treating their children to a pop concert by one of the most popular recording artists of current times, going to their jobs at the MEN Arena or driving their taxis to drop excited people at the venue – then, suddenly, in a single split second, their lives changed forever.

The immediate effects can only be described as devastating. The panic, horror and sheer terror that was undoubtedly felt by those at the centre of events can only truly be articulated by those that were there and I cannot comprehend how they must have felt at that precise moment, fearing that something terrible had just happened, without perhaps knowing just how terrible.

This brings me on to the reaction of not just those caught up in the epicenter of the tragedy, but to all those people that rallied round to help those affected.

The taxi drivers who turned their meters off to ferry people to safety; the people who opened their front doors to offer people shelter; other locals whose only thought was to head to the arena to see how they might be able to help and then every single person since who has offered their help and support, no matter how big or little that support, to those affected or involved in the incident.

There has been much talk since of the perpetrator and, quite rightly, police have acted quickly to close down the suspected network he has allegedly been working within but, what shines out like a beacon from all this terror and tragedy is the word ‘Love’ – not Hate – and that this is echoed from every community and every avenue of Manchester’s cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse culture.

We, like many organisations dealing with the impact of Hate Crime, have noticed a change in Hate Crime reporting since the tragic event. We have supported people who have been targeted because they are Muslim and have experienced some really nasty incidents. Some of these have been on the street but many have been online. Hate hurts however it is expressed and it’s another cowardly act. We must all work to ensure that the love and compassion we feel drowns out the Hate of others.

Let’s be clear, the perpetrators of this act of cowardice no more represent British Muslims than the brutal killer of politician Jo Cox represents white British people. That is demonstrated from the absolute condemnation from Manchester’s Muslim communities.

Stop Hate UK is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Manchester and denounce the terrible events of a week ago and I myself am proud to see a community coming together in such an amazing and truly inspiring way.

#westandtogether with Manchester

Brian Stop Hate UK Trustee

Why I became a Stop Hate UK Trustee, by Brian Culleton

Stop Hate UK has seen quite a few new faces join the team recently; from volunteers to helpline operators to employees and trustees – which is great news for the strength of the charity and its collective skills.

 Just last week, one of the training sessions featured our new trustee, Brian Culleton, who joined the charity in the middle of 2016 and Brian has kindly put together a very emotive piece as to the reasons why he became involved with Stop Hate UK.

We’re only too happy to share this with you, as an insight into one of our newer trustees viewpoint and the motivations behind the decision to become a trustee of Stop Hate UK.

Over to Brian….Brian Stop Hate UK Trustee


“Hello. I’m Brian Culleton and I’m on the Board of Trustees for Stop Hate UK.   I joined the board in June 2016 after meeting with Rose Simkins (Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK) and having a conference call with the Chair of Trustees (Graham Lewis) and another trustee.

My main reason for joining Stop Hate UK was due to the ongoing treatment of transgender people, which prompted me to research some charities to which I could support.  As it turned out, the more I read around the subject, I quickly realised that I was more interested in stopping all forms of hate, bias and discrimination towards all people.  

After meeting with Rose and speaking with Graham, I was even more enthused and became very keen to join the board, to help ensure that the work of this wonderful charity continues for many more years.

I acknowledge that the very mission statement or aim, I suppose, of every charity, group or support network is actually not to exist.  For example; if there were no Hate Crime in the UK, Stop Hate UK’s work would be done…!  Isn’t that the ultimate goal of every charity?

Unfortunately, just as we think that we’re making strides in this country, people’s mindsets don’t move in line with legislation. For example, just because equal marriage was introduced, doesn’t mean that homophobia was eradicated.

Similarly, the outcome of the Brexit vote resulted in an upsurge in Hate Crime that was unprecedented.  Some people thought it presented them with legitimate excuse to attack (verbally and physically) any non-national.  

All colleagues and volunteers involved in Stop Hate UK have become part of this wonderful charity because they feel impassioned about preventing Hate Crime and supporting those affected by it.  The work of this charity is of paramount importance and will continue to be needed until society accepts the incredible diversity that we have in this country.

As for my role, and the role of the wider Board of Trustees, we simply have a responsibility for the management of the charity.  We have to ensure that the charity’s assets and resources are used only for the purposes of Stop Hate UK.  This involves safeguarding all of the charity’s assets such as cash, intellectual property (i.e. marketing material), staff and reputation.  We are also responsible for establishing and monitoring all associated policies and employment procedures.  This includes the recruitment policy, grievance policy, levels of authority policy, disciplinary policy … the list goes on.  Essentially, we, as the Board, are tasked with ensuring that the Stop Hate UK is run in accordance with its constitution, charity law and all governing documents.  We need to make sure that the board performance is effective and we support/manage Rose as the Chief Executive.

The Board of Trustees is made up of two elements; the overall Board and also the Finance, Governance and HR sub-group.  My role is the Finance Lead and it is my responsibility to make sure that Stop Hate UK keeps proper accounts and to review the financial performance.

It is also my responsibility, along with the Board, to ensure that Stop Hate UK has robust and effective financial controls in place.

I acknowledge that it all sounds very convoluted but we, as a Board, are effectively there to ensure that the charity remains as a going concern (i.e. the charity remains operating for the foreseeable future).  All the Stop Hate UK Trustees bring different professional skills, resources, connections and life experiences to ensure that we continue to be as effective a board as possible.

We’re not ethereal beings – we’re very ordinary people who are involved in Stop Hate UK simply for the same reasons that you are – we want to make Hate Crime a thing of the past – and step-by-step we’re supporting and educating people to allow them to see the true beauty and diversity of this incredible country.

From my perspective, I would like to thank all Stop Hate UK employees and volunteers for the work that you do.  Without your input and support to make Stop Hate UK so fantastic, our role as Board of Trustees would be redundant and cease to exist.  All of you do the hard work and we are well aware of that so a massive, heartfelt and sincere thank you to all of you.”

We’d like to thank Brian for taking the time out to write such an emotive, insightful piece and we look forward to his continued support as a Trustee of Stop Hate UK.

Stop Hate UK to launch in Essex

Press Release – Stop Hate UK Helpline to launch in Essex

Stop Hate UK is pleased to announce the recent launch of the 24-hour Stop Hate Line helpline service across Essex. The service has been funded by The Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex.

Commenting on the launch of service, Essex Police & Crime Commissioner, Roger Hirst, said:

“Essex is a safe place to live with resilient communities and strong relationships between communities, the voluntary sector and public services.

‘We need to make sure that we encourage the reporting of hate crime so that we can deal with it together. This is a confidential service designed to help encourage people to come forward and report hate crime but also access the support services they need.”

Rose Simkins, Chief Executive of Stop Hate UK, added:

All forms of Hate Crime are significantly under-reported and some individuals and even whole communities are reluctant or unwilling to talk to the police or their council.

The Stop Hate Line, plus our other range of reporting channels, gives victims and witnesses of Hate Crime a safe and independent place to talk about their experiences and to explore their options for taking things further.

Rose continued:

We are able to support people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. Contact with our helpline, or other reporting channels, might be the first time an individual has talked to someone about the things they are experiencing. Other people may have tried to get help but find they are not satisfied with the response they received. No one should have to suffer Hate Crime in silence. Sadly the occurrence of Hate Crime has increased nationally but, working together with The Police and Crime Commissioner, this is a trend we can reverse.”

People can contact the Stop Hate Line anonymously if they prefer. Where someone has chosen to give their personal details to Stop Hate UK, their trained staff and volunteers will ask who they want their details to be shared with. The charity can also share information with the police and council, with consent, to ensure that those affected by Hate Crime, in any way, can access the support they need.

The Stop Hate Line is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year on 0800 138 1625. The helpline is also available by text message on 07717 989 025 and by email to talk@stophateuk.org. Service users with Hearing Impairments can report via interactive BSL by clicking the link on our website www.stophateuk.org. Victims and witnesses can also chat on the web or fill in an online form by visiting www.stophateuk.org/talk.

Stop Hate UK is a national charity that provides independent and confidential support to people who are affected by all forms of Hate Crime. The Stop Hate Line is Stop Hate UK’s Hate Crime reporting and support helpline. Anyone in Essex can contact the Stop Hate Line to talk about how they have been directly or indirectly affected by Hate Crime.

The charity, whose Patron is Baroness Doreen Lawrence of Clarendon OBE, of Clarendon in the Commonwealth Realm of Jamaica, and ambassadors are Canon Mark Oakley of St Paul’s Cathedral and Great Britain athlete Adrian Derbyshire set up the Stop Hate Line in 2006 in direct response to Recommendation 16 of the Macpherson Report (the enquiry into the handling of the death of Stephen Lawrence) states that victims and witnesses should be able to report Hate Incidents 24 hours a day and to someone other than the police.

To download a copy of this press release click here: Press Release – Essex Stop Hate UK Helpline Service_Final

If you would like to talk to Stop Hate UK about this or any other aspect of our services please email info@stophateuk.org.