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Hate crime is defined as any crime where the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostilityor prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity.
Police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland annually monitor five strands of Hate Crime:
Race, Ethnicity or Nationality
Religion, Faith or Belief
The NASUWT, the fastest growing teachers’ union in Scotland, has today called on the Scottish Government to introduce measures to record and monitor incidents of hate crime in schools and colleges.
The Union has argued at the STUC Congress in Aviemore that much more needs to be done to protect staff and students in schools from racism and religious intolerance after growing reports about a rise in racial and religious hatred in the wake of the EU referendum.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:
“Schools have a vital role to play in promoting social cohesion and the development of safe, inclusive and tolerant communities.
“However, NASUWT research and casework shows that many schools and employers are failing to take action when incidents of discrimination are brought to their attention.
“The creation of a duty to record and monitor incidents of hate crime would be an important first step to quantifying the scale of the problem in schools and putting in place robust measures to tackle such abuse.”
Jane Peckham, NASUWT National Official Scotland, said:
“A robust system is needed at national and local level to ensure discrimination is being tackled systematically and robustly in our schools to ensure they are places of safety and respect where everyone can learn and work free from bigotry and prejudice.”