Gloucestershire Hate Crime & Incidents Co-ordinated Response
Guidelines for including Hate Incidents/Crimes in existing Anti-Bullying Policies, have been produced by the County Education Hate Crime Working Group.
Gloucestershire has a strategy for improving: awareness of Hate Incidents and Crimes; their impact; the reporting of them; and the responses to both the victim and the perpetrator. The importance for schools is that hate incidents/crimes is bullying directed towards an individual or group because of their identity or perceived identity.
The county strategy is wanting to gather real time hate crimes/incidents whenever they occur. It is important that schools are part of this process - recognising a Hate Incident/Crime and reporting it when it occurs.
Your policy will already include many of the elements that relate to Hate Incidents/Crimes. For example, it may already identify different forms of bullying and to whom it may be directed; and it may cover an understanding of the impact on the victim.
The attached brief Guidelines have been put together to help you include Hate Incidents/Crimes within your Anti-Bullying Policy and Safeguarding responsibilities.