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Hate Crime Reporting Form

Guidance Notes

Hate Crime will not be tolerated in any form and the reporting of will be treated sensitively. Any information given will only be shared with agencies that need to know. This Hate Incident reporting form has been designed to be completed by any person who feels they have been a victim or a witness of a Hate Incident.

The form also allows people to report any incident that they know about but may not have witnessed themselves. This is known as third party reporting. The form is also designed for people in the work environment to report any Hate Incident which they have suffered.

The form is designed to allow people to provide reports anonymously, however if contact details are provided the person reporting may be able to receive additional support from other agencies who may be able to take action on their behalf.

What is a Hate Incident?

A Hate Incident is motivated by a person’s hatred of other people because of their actual or perceived.

  • Race, Colour, Ethnic Origin, Nationality or National Origins
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender or Gender Identity
  • Disability
  • Age

In 1999 a nationally recognised definition of a racist incident was developed and adopted as a result of the inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence. It is this definition that guides our approach to recording, investigating and acting on all incidents motivated by Hate.

Therefore, a Hate Incident is defined as:

“Any incident, which may or may not be a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate”

Hate Incidents can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • Verbal abuse or insult – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace

A victim of a Hate Incident does not have to be a member of a minority group or someone who is generally considered to be ‘vulnerable’. For example, the friend of a minority ethnic person, lesbian or refugee may be victimised because of their association.

Completing the Form

When completing the form please provide as much detail as possible.

Section A – Asks for details of the incident(s) including the type of incident, when and where it happened and whether the person reporting is the victim, a witness or a third party. It is important that we know if these incidents have happened before and also if they have been reported to any other agency.

When providing a description of the incident please include how the incident made the person reporting it feel and expand on why they feel this hate incident has happened. For example was it motivated by any issues relating to their religion and if so, is the victim Christian, Muslim, Sikh or Hindu. In addition please include details of whether any other family members have been affected by either this incident or a similar incident.

Section B – Asks for details about the victim. This information will enable us to record and deal with incidents in the most appropriate way. If the person reporting is a witness or third party they should be asked to provide as many details as they can about the victim of the incidents.

Section C – Asks for details about the perpetrators. It is important that we gather as much information as possible about the people who may be carrying out these incidents in order to identify patterns in behaviour and prevent further incidents. Names, addresses, descriptions or even nicknames could provide links to other incidents and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Section D – Asks for the person reporting the incident’s contact details and authorisation to share any personal information provided. Reports can be provided anonymously however we would like people to give their details so that we can provide them with additional help and support.

The Hate Incident reporting scheme is operated by a multi-agency panel. Partners include the local Borough Council, West Mercia Police, Local Housing Associations, Victim support. This multi-agency approach means that all relevant agencies will work together to offer professional support, take effective action to stop harassment and abuse and with the victim’s consent prosecute the perpetrator. If the person reporting provides authorisation for details of the incident to be disclosed, the information will be shared with appropriate agencies in order to identify what action can be taken and what additional support can be offered. The person reporting will be kept informed and any proposed action will only take place with their knowledge and agreement. If the person reporting chooses not to provide authorisation for the incident details to be disclosed then the information provided will be used for monitoring purposes only. If an incident is reported when there is immediate danger to a victim and authorisation isn’t given the details WILL have to be referred on to the police.

In some circumstances if the victim is a child (under 18 years old), there may be a duty of care to disclose certain information. In these circumstances the victim

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 Bromsgrove district Council provided Drama training, including dealing with race equality scenarios to all staff for Equality and Diversity see link below

http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/cms/PDF/Review%20of%20the%20Inclusive%20Equalities%20Scheme%20-%20December%202009.pdf

http://www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/cms/pdf/LGBT%20History%20Month%20event%2018-2%202011.pdf

LGB&T History Month 2012

Full listings of programme of events for the District of Bromsgrove and the Borough of Redditch February 2012

This page gives all the latest information about what is going on in Bromsgrove and Redditch during February 2012 in recognition and celebration of LGB&T History Month 2012. New events and any changes to the programme will appear here. All content on this page will be family friendly and links to other information will be limited strictly to family friendly websites and events.

For the month of February, the Gay Birmingham Remembered exhibition will be on show at various locations in Bromsgrove and Redditch. You can download the details here. For more information about the Gay Birmingham Remembered project click on this link here http://gaybirminghamremembered.co.uk/

The programme for the month is shown below. You can download the brochure here. Please note that the date of Gay Night at Fever, Redditch (18s and over only) has been changed to Sunday 19th February (not 12th February).

  • 1st February – official launch at Bromsgrove Library of the Bromsgrove and Redditch LGB&T History Month programme for 2012 and the Gay Birmingham Remembered exhibition.Opening by Councillor Mrs C Spencer, Civic Head of Bromsgrove District Council followed by talk and presentation by David Viney, Birmingham LGBT Community Trust. Ticket entry only. The launch event is now full.
  • 3rd February – 4 Poofs and a Piano, 8.00 pm at Artrix, Bromsgrove. Tickets £17.50.
  • 8th February – film Tomboy (U) 7.30 pm at Artrix, Bromsgrove. Normal film ticket prices apply.
  • 11th February – film Weekend (18) 7.30 pm at Artrix, Bromsgrove (in the studio). Normal film ticket prices apply.
  • 14thFebruary – family and social event at Artrix Bromsgrove, doors open at 6.00 pm.
    • Gay Birmingham Remembered exhibition, displays and information from LGB&T History Month partners.
    • Free buffet and social event with children’s entertainer, Magic Russ, from 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm.
    • Film The Kids Are All Right (15) at 7.30 pm. Normal film ticket prices apply. As usual we recommend that people buy their film tickets in advance to avoid queuing at the box office before the start of the film.
    • Free prize draw (prizes to be announced at the event) 9.30 pm.
    • Close 10.00 pm.
  • 17th February – film We Were Here (15) at Artrix, Bromsgrove (in the studio). Normal film ticket prices apply.
  • 19th February – Gay Night at Fever, Redditch (18s and over only) from 9.30 pm onwards. For more information see http://www.feverredditch.com/
  • 22nd February – Pink Sou’westers (South Birmingham LGBT group) is meeting in Rubery where they will be going to the ten pin bowling alley, Great Park at 7.00 pm followed by a meal at a local Italian restaurant (booking essential). For further details contact them on swbgroup@blueyonder.co.uk or phone 07976 274271 or 07855 624649.
  • 25th February – Simon Callow reads excerpts from his exciting new biography “Charles Dickens and the Great Theatre of the World” at 3.00 pm, Artrix Bromsgrove. Tickets £15.00 (nearly sold out)

For further information about LGB&T History Month and events elsewhere in the country and the West Midlands see http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/event-calendar/

For full details of events at Artrix, Bromsgrove see http://www.artrix.co.uk/

This programme of events has been organised by the recently formed LGB&T History Month Steering Group for Bromsgrove and Redditch. This is not a formal group, just a partnership between public authorities in Worcestershire, community groups and individuals particularly in Bromsgrove and Redditch. Members of the Steering Group will be attending all the events taking place in Bromsgrove and Redditch during February 2012 and will be available to contact during those events.

The Steering Group is made up of the following partners :-

  • Bromsgrove District Council
  • Redditch Borough Council
  • Bromsgrove District and Redditch Borough joint Hate Crime Partnership
  • Artrix, Bromsgrove
  • Bromsgrove and Redditch Libraries
  • Barnardos, Bromsgrove
  • St.Basils, Bromsgrove
  • Core Assets and F.A.B. (Families Around Bromsgrove)
  • New Road Parents Support Group, Bromsgrove
  • The Gender Trust (now based in Worcestershire)
  • Worcestershire Health and Care Trust (Sexual Health)
  • NASUWT (National Association of Schoolmasters and Women Teachers)
  • LGBT Unison
  • Rainbow Globe, Worcestershire
  • Rainbow Picnics, Worcestershire
  • Victim Support, Worcestershire
  • HMP Hewell
  • Bromsgrove District Housing Trust
  • Fever, Redditch

We would like to acknowledge the following partners for their support and contributions to the 2012 LGB&T History Month programme for Bromsgrove and Redditch :-

  • Fever, Redditch
  • Worcestershire County Council, Libraries Service
  • Bird and Co and Core Assets, Bromsgrove for designing and printing the 2012 leaflet
  • Artrix Bromsgrove for providing the venue for the headline event on 14th February
  • NASUWT for supporting advertising for the 2012 programme

We can now anounce that there will be a series of Rainbow Picnics in Worcestershire in June 2012. You can download the poster with the details here.

For further information about Equality and Diversity events and initiatives contact Bromsgrove District Council on 01527 881288 or send your enquiry to equalities@bromsgrove.gov.uk

Hate Crime Reporting Form

Guidance Notes

Hate Crime will not be tolerated in any form and the reporting of will be treated sensitively. Any information given will only be shared with agencies that need to know. This Hate Incident reporting form has been designed to be completed by any person who feels they have been a victim or a witness of a Hate Incident.

The form also allows people to report any incident that they know about but may not have witnessed themselves. This is known as third party reporting. The form is also designed for people in the work environment to report any Hate Incident which they have suffered.

The form is designed to allow people to provide reports anonymously, however if contact details are provided the person reporting may be able to receive additional support from other agencies who may be able to take action on their behalf.

What is a Hate Incident?

A Hate Incident is motivated by a person’s hatred of other people because of their actual or perceived.

  • Race, Colour, Ethnic Origin, Nationality or National Origins
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender or Gender Identity
  • Disability
  • Age

In 1999 a nationally recognised definition of a racist incident was developed and adopted as a result of the inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence. It is this definition that guides our approach to recording, investigating and acting on all incidents motivated by Hate.

Therefore, a Hate Incident is defined as:

“Any incident, which may or may not be a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate”

Hate Incidents can take many forms including:

  • Physical attacks – such as physical assault, damage to property, offensive graffiti, neighbour disputes and arson
  • Threat of attack – including offensive letters, abusive or obscene telephone calls, groups hanging around to intimidate and unfounded, malicious complaints
  • Verbal abuse or insult – offensive leaflets and posters, abusive gestures, dumping of rubbish outside homes or through letterboxes and bullying at school or in the workplace

A victim of a Hate Incident does not have to be a member of a minority group or someone who is generally considered to be ‘vulnerable’. For example, the friend of a minority ethnic person, lesbian or refugee may be victimised because of their association.

Completing the Form

When completing the form please provide as much detail as possible.

Section A – Asks for details of the incident(s) including the type of incident, when and where it happened and whether the person reporting is the victim, a witness or a third party. It is important that we know if these incidents have happened before and also if they have been reported to any other agency.

When providing a description of the incident please include how the incident made the person reporting it feel and expand on why they feel this hate incident has happened. For example was it motivated by any issues relating to their religion and if so, is the victim Christian, Muslim, Sikh or Hindu. In addition please include details of whether any other family members have been affected by either this incident or a similar incident.

Section B – Asks for details about the victim. This information will enable us to record and deal with incidents in the most appropriate way. If the person reporting is a witness or third party they should be asked to provide as many details as they can about the victim of the incidents.

Section C – Asks for details about the perpetrators. It is important that we gather as much information as possible about the people who may be carrying out these incidents in order to identify patterns in behaviour and prevent further incidents. Names, addresses, descriptions or even nicknames could provide links to other incidents and all information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Section D – Asks for the person reporting the incident’s contact details and authorisation to share any personal information provided. Reports can be provided anonymously however we would like people to give their details so that we can provide them with additional help and support.

The Hate Incident reporting scheme is operated by a multi-agency panel. Partners include the local Borough Council, West Mercia Police, Local Housing Associations, Victim support. This multi-agency approach means that all relevant agencies will work together to offer professional support, take effective action to stop harassment and abuse and with the victim’s consent prosecute the perpetrator. If the person reporting provides authorisation for details of the incident to be disclosed, the information will be shared with appropriate agencies in order to identify what action can be taken and what additional support can be offered. The person reporting will be kept informed and any proposed action will only take place with their knowledge and agreement. If the person reporting chooses not to provide authorisation for the incident details to be disclosed then the information provided will be used for monitoring purposes only. If an incident is reported when there is immediate danger to a victim and authorisation isn’t given the details WILL have to be referred on to the police.

In some circumstances if the victim is a child (under 18 years old), there may be a duty of care to disclose certain information. In these circumstances the victim

UPDATE

This is an update on the police investigation into the unexplained death of an 18 month-old boy in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent yesterday.
 Tragically, examinations have revealed that the cause of death was head injury.
 Detectives are now treating the incident as an unlawful killing.
A 32-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent has this evening been charged with murder.
 He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Stoke-on-Trent Magistrates on Monday
morning.
The 29-year-old woman has been released without charge and will receive support from specially trained officers.
Thank you to all who have posted messages of sympathy. We will ensure that these are passed on.
Arrests made in baby death

Two people have been arrested in connection with the sudden death of an  18-month-old boy, police said.

Paramedics took the toddler from a house in Woodgate Street, Meir, Staffs, to  the University Hospital of North Staffordshire yesterday morning but he could  not be saved.

A spokeswoman for Staffordshire Police said the boy’s death is being treated  as unexplained.

She added: “Police have arrested a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman,  both from the Stoke-on-Trent area, in connection with this incident.

“They are currently being questioned by detectives.”

The identification of the youngster has not yet been released and a post  mortem examination is to be carried out to establish the cause of death.

Officers are carrying out house-to-house inquiries and investigations at the  scene, the spokeswoman added.

Anyone with any information about the incident is being asked to call the  force on 101.

West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed it was called to the Woodgate  Street property just after 10.05am.

A community first responder, a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew  attended before the boy was taken to hospital.