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Hate Crime assembly

On Wednesday 9th November, Years 5 and 6 participated in an assembly about hate crime. The assembly was taken by Neil Monk who is the Essex Hate Crime Project Co-ordinator. He was joined by a representative from Essex Police who deals with hate crimes.

The children learnt that hate crimes or prejudice based incidents are defined as any incident, which may constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other persons as being motivated by prejudice or hostility towards a personal characteristic. The protected characteristics are:

  • Race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origin, including gypsies and travellers.

  • Religion, belief or faith, including having no faith.

  • Gender identity, including transphobia – resentment or fear of transgender people or transvestites.

  • Sexual orientation including homophobia – resentment or fear of gay, lesbian, or bi-sexual people. Includes resentment or hatred of heterosexual people.

  • Disability or perceived disability – including physical, sensory, mental ill-health or learning disability or difficulty. It includes temporary disablement and life-limiting illness.

Hate incidents are just as important for services to address.

The children were shown figures of the scale of hate crime:

  • There were 52 528 hate crimes recorded by police forces in England and Wales in 2014/2015

  • 88% of all reported hate crime concerned race and religion

  • 12% reported hate crime concerned LGBT

  • 5% reported hate crime concerned disability

Throughout the assembly, the children were able to ask questions for clarification and share any of their concerns and experiences. Their behaviour was superb.

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