Taking Action Against Hate Crime in Post-Brexit Britain

Date and Time: 
Tue, 27/06/2017 (All day)

Strand Palace Hotel
372 Strand

Protecting Vulnerable Groups and Promoting a Culture of Tolerance and Inclusivity.


PCC Hardyal Dhindsa
Police and Crime Commissioner

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy
Lecturer in Hate Studies,
Department of Criminology, University of Leicester

Fiyaz Mughal OBE
Founder and Director
Tell MAMA and Faith Matters

Kusminder Chahal
Research Associate
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Eight months after the decision to leave the European Union (EU), taking action to tackle and reduce hate crime remains as important as ever. A Home Office report published in October 2016 revealed a sharp increase (41% compared to the same month the year before) in the number of racially or religiously aggravated crimes recorded by police in England and Wales following the EU referendum. Moreover, there has been a general upward trend, as the other strands of hate crime (sexual orientation, disability, transgender identity) also saw increases between 2014/15 and 2015/16.

Specifically, 33 out of 44 forces recorded the highest quarterly number of hate crimes since comparable records began in April 2012. Three forces each recorded more than 1,000 hate crimes: the Metropolitan Police (3,356), Greater Manchester (1,033) and West Yorkshire (1,013). In the fortnight immediately after the referendum, the number increased from 1,546 to 2,241. Significantly, the violence seen after the Brexit vote was not restricted to racial or religious hostility. Galop, which supports victims of homophobic violence, said homophobic attacks rose by 147 per cent in the three months following the Brexit vote.

In response to the increase in hate crime, in July 2016 the Government published Action Against Hate, their plan to address hate crime until May 2020. The document outlines actions the Government will take to:

  • prevent and respond to hate crime
  • increase reporting of hate crime incidents
  • improve support for victims
  • build an understanding of hate crime

In addition, as part of their action plan, a £2.4 million funding scheme for places of worship has been launched. This will provide security measures and equipment for vulnerable places of worship that need increased protection. The Government is also funding research into social media hate crime in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. The research is in part a response to concerns that the Brexit vote and election of Donald Trump sparked an increase in hate speech online among a vocal minority of social media users. University researchers have received a £250,000 grant from the Economic and Social Research Council and are working with the National Police Chief's Council and Metropolitan Police to analyse the nature of hate speech in Britain and ways to mitigate it.

This timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, the police, legal professionals and third sector practitioners to analyse the increase in hate crime after the referendum and strengthen their working partnerships to ensure that hate crime in all its forms can be tackled effectively in every local community. It will also provide all relevant stakeholders with a platform to discuss ways to overcome challenges following the decision to leave the EU and to ensure Britain remains a place of tolerance and inclusivity.

Delegates will:

  • Discuss the increase in hate crime after Brexit and strategies that can be implemented to respond effectively and ensure Britain remains open and inclusive
  • Assess the Government’s plan to tackle hate crime, evaluate its impact, effectiveness and identify gaps
  • Learn about the prevalence of hate crime online and particularly on social media
  • Consider how to challenge hate crime in the public sphere and examine the role of the media in encouraging tolerance and openness
  • Explore ways to protect all vulnerable groups and create a safe space for victims to come forward to ensure better reporting and recording
  • Gain insights into strategies to promote and maintain a culture of tolerance and inclusivity in post-Brexit society
  • Understand the benefits of partnership working in taking action against hate crime at both national and local levels
  • Share best practice on ways to support victims and discuss the support services available within local communities

A 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for all bookings received by the 19th May 2017.

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