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Social care has a role in preventing hate crime, it’s not just a criminal justice issue

Monday 9 February 2015

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A multi-agency hate crime care pathway will raise much-needed awareness of the issue, says Dr Chih Hoong Sin

In an article published in Community Care in June 2014, I argued that it is important for care agencies to recognise their role in preventing hate crime, and not to see it purely as a criminal justice issue. In a subsequent blog for the International Network for Hate Studies, I said that health and social care agencies can play three critical roles in relation to hate crime:

  • To provide treatment and support to hate crime victims.
  • To help prevent hate crimes by identifying and acting on the early indicators of repeat victimisation.
  • As potential offenders, particularly in institutional care settings.

In the latter half of 2014, I started working with Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and its partners on developing a hate crime care pathway. Leicestershire has been at the forefront of efforts to respond to the challenge of getting health and social care services to acknowledge their multiple roles in relation to hate crime. It is heartening that others, such as NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland, have a similar commitment to develop joined-up approaches. There is a real desire to learn and share which is why I want to describe some of the key steps we have been taking in Leicestershire and explain the rationale behind the approach.

You can read the full version of this article on the Community Care website