07 / 10 / 2016 Midday
National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 will take place from 8 - 15 October, during the week organisations across the country will get involved and raise awareness about hate crime and how it can be tackled. This year is likely to see a surge in activity because since the EU Referendum result in June, reported hate crime has increased by 57 per cent.
NHS Employers' article, Standing up against race hate, provides useful information for NHS organisations on managing hate crime and meeting responsibilities as an employer.
The NHS Equality Diversity Council (EDC) has adopted a proposal developed by NHS Employers, in response to an article from Dr Marc Verlot, director at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. In the article, Dr Verlot encourages public bodies including the NHS to work together to tackle hate crime and prejudice. The programme of national work which will be overseen by the EDC includes reference to recording hate crime, preventing and the collection of good practice within the NHS.
There is already good practice in NHS trusts, including procedures to help define, record and prevent hate crime:
- Liverpool Community Health has produced a useful overview of everything you need to know about hate crime.
- Brighton and Sussex NHS Trust has produced a document about assessing, recording and managing hate crime.
Other useful information
The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, recently announced a comprehensive action plan urging more victims of hate crime to come forward, so that the full scale of the challenge could be understood and tackled. For more information on hate crime take a look at the GOV web page.
Access more information about Brexit and the NHS workforce on NHS Employers' web pages.
Go to the campaign website to find out more about National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016