Representatives from South Yorkshire Police’s Safer Neighbourhoods Team, Sheffield City Council, Faithstar and the city’s Equality Hub Network have hosted the first joint anti-hate crime workshop.
SYP’s Community Safety Partnership Hate Crime Coordinator, Molly Fitzpatrick, Faithstar’s Shahida Siddique and Savannah Mayo, and Sheffield City Council’s Elections, Equalities and Involvement Team Development Officer, Rosie May worked alongside Equality Hub representatives to bring people together and hold a discussion about hate crime. Faithstar is a consultancy that specialises in equality and inclusion support services and are recognised for facilitating joint work across sectors.
Recent statistics have highlighted that across the country, police forces face challenges when identifying suspects in hate crime cases. Understanding and tackling hate crime continues to be a priority for South Yorkshire Police (SYP), the council and the Equality Hub Network.
The Equality Hub Network consists of six hubs: Age, BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee), Disability, LGBT+, Religion (belief & no belief) and Women. The hubs meet regularly to discuss key issues affecting their communities so that together, they’re able to have a say on issues that affect them and influence the decisions that are made in Sheffield. Many different groups including members of the hubs have been seriously affected by hate crime, and this is unacceptable.
Last week’s workshop saw people discuss and share their concerns about hate crime in the city. Some members were keen to hear about what is being done to tackle the problem and others shared their personal story about the impact it had had on them. The groups discussed what they would like the city’s response to be and what action they would like to see city partners taking to reduce hate crime.
SYP’s Community Safety Partnership Hate Crime Coordinator, Molly Fitzpatrick said: “During the workshop, we discussed how to improve the partnership between the police, Sheffield City Council and communities. By working together, we are much better equipped to prevent and tackle hate crime.
“Faithstar have been instrumental in the development of third party reporting centres across the city and a priority for us now is to promote these. These locations offer a way of reporting hate crime for those who’d like an alternative to calling the police or reporting online.
“Making reporting methods more easily accessible in the community means that police will better equipped to support those affected, spot patterns and prevent further offences.”
The workshops will continue throughout the year to increase awareness and confidence in Sheffield communities. There will also be regular cross-hub hate crime working groups.
More information about upcoming workshops will be posted on the Equality Hub Network website – https://equalityhubnetwork.org/
Hate crime can be reported via SYP: 999 or 101 or online.
Reports can be made via Stop Hate UK – over the phone 0800 138 1625, via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or via the online form which can be found via: http://www.stophateuk.org/tell/
A list of third party reporting centres can be found via the hate crime page on the SYP website.
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