Cumberland Lodge briefing document for 'A Generation without Hate', which examines prejudice-motivated hate crime in education settings.
Our autumn conference, ‘A Generation without Hate’, will tackle the ongoing scourge of prejudice-motivated hate crime, which threatens both social cohesion and the freedom of individuals to interact in society without fear of prejudice, discrimination and torment.
This ongoing problem has been under the spotlight since the EU referendum in 2016, with significant increases in hate crime reported across Britain in the days immediately after the Brexit vote, leading to intense public and academic debate on how best to address it.
Combating and understanding the complex nature of hate crime is no easy task and one that requires a cross-sector and multi-agency approach.
Last year, the Home Affairs Committee launched its Hate Crime Action Plan, at the heart of which is a plan for building stronger community partnerships and facilitating co-ordinated approaches, 'to ensure that best practice in tackling hate crime is understood and drawn upon in all our work'.
There is a strong commitment to increase funding and support for educational programmes to help tackle intolerance and prejudice in society.
To date there is limited evidence for the effectiveness of preventative and early intervention programmes in education settings. We will examine the existing evidence base for these educational interventions and seek to understand where any gaps lie.
Ahead of the conference, we have published a Cumberland Lodge Briefing, researched and compiled by our freelance Research Associate, Deborah Grayson. Her report is available to download from this page in pdf format.
It covers the following areas:
- What is hate crime?
- Theories of hate crime
- The protected characteristics
- Educational approaches to tackling hate crime
- Case studies.