Home Office Launches ‘Hate Crime Action Plan’

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called on communities across Britain to come together and stand united against those who use hate to divide us.

Launching the hate crime action plan, published today (26 July 2016), she urged more victims of hate crime to come forward, so that the full scale of the challenge facing communities can be understood and tackled.

Ms Rudd, who met campaigners – including LGBT+ equalities groups – working to combat hate crime today, announced that the hate crime action plan will commit government to work to give young people and teachers the tools they need to tackle hatred and prejudice, including through a new programme to equip teachers to facilitate conversations around international events and the impact they have on communities here in the UK. The government will also work with schools on how to better report incidents of hate crime.

A 2014 study carried out by YouGov for Stonewall found that nine in ten secondary school teachers say students in their schools are bullied or called names for being – or being perceived to be – LGBT.

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