CPS unveils classroom resources in campaign against hate crime


A campaign against hate crime in schools has launched new resources in a bid to tackle homophobic and transphobic abuse.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) project has already published materials aimed at tackling both disability and racist or religious hate crime.

The latest batch of resources are aimed at teaching students about the impact of homophobic and transphobic bullying on victims and the potential consequences of this behaviour.

They are the result of a partnership between the CPS, the Ministry of Justice, and charity Stonewall.

The LGBT Hate Crime Pack contains a DVD and lesson plans for teachers, designed to help students discuss issues surrounding stereotypes and prejudice.

In 2012, the School Report from Stonewall found that 55 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils have experienced direct bullying, while 32 per cent of gay pupils experiencing bullying said they have changed their future educational plans because of it.

James Taylor, head of Policy at Stonewall, said: “Sadly too many people still experience harassment and abuse simply because of how they were born.

“Through our work with schools we know just how important it is to work with young people, parents and teachers to tackle homophobic abuse.

“These new resources will be an important step towards ensuring that LGBT people can live free from fear and that everyone can take a stand against hate crimes and bullying.”

Chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, Nazir Afzal, oversaw the development of the pack. 

He explained: “Targeting someone because of their sexual orientation or gender identity is totally unacceptable. Such abuse attacks people’s right to feel safe and confident about themselves.

“We want young people to become more alive to the fact that not only are hate crimes particularly nasty and unpleasant, they are also illegal and committing such offences can have serious consequences.

“We hope that this resource pack will be used to help young people realise the devastating impact that homophobic and transphobic bullying and hate crime can have on victims and their families, as well as making them aware of the need to report abuse and the potential legal consequences for perpetrators.

“Education is the key to this and I hope that the pack will support schools in the work they do to encourage young people to take a stand against bullying and hate crime.”

The new LGBT Hate Crime Pack can be accessed online alongside the previously published resources focusing on  disability and racist or religious hate crime. Visit www.cps.gov.uk/northwest/get_involved/hate_crime/


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