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    Entries in Hate crime (5)


    Reflecting back on 2017, are there lessons to learn?

    As we hurtle rapidly towards the end of 2017, perhaps now is a good time to reflect back on the year and on our progress in achieving a fair and just society where all are treated with dignity and respect. The awful attacks in Manchester and London, and the tragic Grenfell Tower fire have left an indelible mark. Sexual harassment returned to the headlines following a number of allegations against stars of showbiz and politicians. Trump repeatedly invokes controversy; his latest activity has been to retweet anti-Muslim propaganda by UK’s far-right ‘Britain First’ party. Are there any lessons from all of this for education providers?

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    Tackling Hate Crime

    Do you agree that the defining characteristic of hate crime is not actually hate, but prejudice? Did you know that last year, 70,000 incidents of hate crime were reported to police, the highest ever recorded, and this is only a fraction of the number of incidents that actually took place? Are your staff aware of the scale of this problem and the likely impact in your organisation? How are you using opportunities for students to explore hate crime?

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    Are your polish students experiencing hate crime?

    There have been rising incidents of hate crime against Polish people since the EU referendum. Are your students experiencing hate crime? How do you know? What are you doing about it?

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    How do education providers help tackle hate crime and prejudice?

    Police are reporting a substantial increase in hate crime following the recent referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. Education providers are not immune - unions and staff in schools, colleges and universities are also reporting a spike in the number of racist and xenophobic incidents, for example. But what are the causes and motivations of hate crime? Can two new reports published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission provide evidence and insight on hate crime and hate speech, how prejudice leads to discrimination and unlawful behaviour and the role of education providers in tackling this issue?

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    How do you promote the British value of mutual respect?

    How do staff in your organisation promote fundamental British values by tackling intolerance and promoting respect and good relations? Did you know that ECU has produced updated guidance for staff working in further and higher education?

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