Posted on 24th October 2018
Youngsters in Hollingwood have been learning about hate crime, how they can affect you and what to do about it.
It’s after officers on the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team arranged for a hate crime carousel event at Hollingwood Primary School.
One hundred pupils and six staff members took part in a series of workshops around the theme, which included guest speakers from Disability Direct and Derbyshire LGBT+, alongside Theresa Peltier, head of our force’s equality unit.
The event took place on Tuesday, October 16 and was set up as part of National Hate Crime Awareness Week.
After learning about the many different types of hate crime, from race or religion based, sexual orientation or gender identity based, and disability based, the children used their new knowledge to created hate crime songs and raps to deliver a positive message about stopping hate crime.
They also discussed issues in relation to hate crimes and what to do if they see a hate crime and how to keep themselves safe and how to report one.
PC Kelly Brown, of the local Safer Neighbourhood policing team, was involved in organising the event. She said: "The hate crime carousel was excellent; the youngsters asked lots of questions and were very interested in hate crime. They really understood the concept and why it's so important that we challenge and take action around them.
“I would like to thank all the speakers who took the time to engage with the children, and also to Headteacher Angela Huthart at Hollingwood Primary School, for being proactive and supporting hate crime week in this way.”
More information on hate crime, how to report it and for agencies which can offer support and advice, visit the Derbyshire police website by clicking here.