Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced £1 million of support for a range of projects to counter hate crime towards young people….reports Asian Lite News
Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced £1 million fund for a range of projects that are working to counter hate crime towards young people, including those who abuse and attack others because of their nationality, ethnicity or religious background.
Young people are the main victims and perpetrators of hate crime and now the Department for Communities and Local Government, is supporting a range of projects to help them challenge prejudice and discrimination and forge strong relationships between those from different backgrounds.
These projects include:
- The Anne Frank Trust, which educates young people in London and the West Midlands about the damage caused by prejudice and hatred
- Streetwise, which tackles so-called ‘casual’ anti-Muslim and antisemitic abuse in school playgrounds, and
- True Vision, to support to young people who are exposed to hate material online through social media
“We know that young people are the main victims and perpetrators of hate crime, and unless we work to challenge prejudice and educate young people, hate crime will continue,” said Sajid. “That is why we’re investing £1m in new projects, to help prevent hate crime towards young people on the ground, and stamp out prejudice and discrimination wherever it occurs.”
The projects form part of the Government’s Hate Crime Action Plan, launched this week. As part of the Action Plan, DCLG is also funding Tell MAMA, (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) which monitors and supports victims of anti-Muslim hatred and the work of Sir Eric Pickles the UK Envoy on Post-Holocaust Issues, particularly the focus on countering anti-Semitism.
The Action Plan has been developed in partnership with communities and departments across Government. It contains measures to increase reporting of incidents and crimes, including working with communities and police to develop third party reporting centres.
According to the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW), there were an estimated 222,000 hate crimes on average each year from 2012/13 to 2014/15. This represents a decrease of 56,000 since the previous period covered by the survey. At the same time, the number of hate crimes recorded by the police rose from 44,471 in 2013/14 to 52,528 in 2014/15. This increase in recorded crime is welcome as it is likely to reflect improved police practice and victim confidence in coming forward to report crimes.
Nevertheless, the difference between CSEW figures and Police Recorded Crime figures shows that hate crimes continue to be significantly under-reported. Corcoran H, Lader D, Smith K, Hate Crimes, England and Wales, 2014/15, Home Office Statistical Bulletin 05/15, October 2015.