Report written in response to our young people’s hate crime conference, held on 3 March 2014.
Both myself and Tony Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester have prioritised the need to address and raise awareness of hate crime in our communities, due to the devastating impact that it has.
As part of this commitment, we arranged a hate crime conference which young people from 18 schools across Greater Manchester attended. The conference was designed to raise awareness of specific types of hate crime and including faith, sub cultures, race, sexual orientation and disability related issues.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of the speakers, workshop facilitators and exhibitors who attended the event and contributed to raising awareness about the nature and effects of hate crime amongst young people.
The conference was a huge success and everyone told us that they had learnt more about hate crime as a result of attending. What did become clear however, is that we still have a lot of work to do to raise awareness of how to report hate crime and the consequences for the perpetrators.
We have made a number of suggestions on how we can continue this work and this report sets out some of the steps to take in that journey.
Finally, I would like to thank all of the young people and teachers who attended the conference.
Jim Battle, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner