SRtRC & Essex PCC work together to tackle Hate Crime
A new short film showcases some of the work that took place as part of a ‘Show Hate Crime the Red Card’ project during 2015 and 2016. With Hate Crime on the increase following Brexit the need to educate people on issues around discrimination has never been more in need. The project is ready to be replicated in other areas of the UK. If you would like further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Show Hate Crime the Red Card’ is an innovative and impactful project supported and funded by the Essex Police Crime Commissioner’s Office, that has been delivered to school children and teachers throughout the County.
As part of the Police ‘Stop the Hate’ initiative, Show Racism the Red Card’s Southern Regional Team of Educators have delivered workshops to well over 4,000 young people aged between 8 and 16, in 10 different Local Authority area’s within Essex.
The aims of the project included providing young people and teachers with a better understanding of the issues around Hate Crime in all its forms, and importantly how to report an incident and stay safe.
Our conversations with young people have revealed that many of them are confused and frightened of the reports they see in the media on an almost daily basis, where ordinary people are becoming victims of crime simply because of difference, be that because of nationality, skin colour, religion, gender, disability or a persons’ sexuality.
Our skilled Team, all of whom have been trained by Essex Police as Hate Crime Ambassadors, use a range of classroom based activities to engage with students, informing of them as to what a hate crime is and how to report any concerns. The Police Hate Crime Officers have worked with our staff at several schools which has proven to make the sessions even more impactful, something we hope to build upon in the future.
Steve Goodsell, Southern Region Manager for SRtRC commented ‘The project has achieved great success, not only in helping so many students and teachers have a greater understanding of what a hate crime is and the terrible, lasting impact it can have on people’s lives, but in demonstrating the positive impact of Organisations such as the Police and SRtRC working in collaboration, getting the key messages out to the community in an extremely effective manner’
Jenny Edwards of Brentwood School said about the project ‘Our students very much enjoyed the workshops which gave them the opportunity to discuss, question, learn and understand in a ‘safe environment’. The educators very quickly identified our student’s strengths and structured the workshops around them supporting where necessary with continued enthusiasm encouraging all to be involved. During group discussions, topics such as immigration, bullying, homophobia, and even US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump came to the fore’