As part of the responsibilities and commitment to challenging and responding to hate crime as effectively as possible Cobalt Housing, LHT, Steve Biko Housing Association and the Anthony Walker Foundation (AWF), and other partners have been working to update the Joint Agency Hate Crime Minimum Service Standards providing details of how housing providers can ensure service users are provided with a response and the support they would expect.
Additionally AWF has been working in partnership with the University of Liverpool and Interchange to have ‘Eradicating Hate Crime: Merseyside’s Partnership Strategy’ launched in 2014 independently reviewed by a research student study sociology, criminology and social policy. This research has now been completed and key findings and recommendations will be presented the same morning.
Speakers will include the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell and Thomas Hilbig (research student responsible for review of Partnership Strategy).
The re-launch and the strategy review will assist in re-energising the efforts to effectively tackle hate crime and ensuring anyone experiencing it would be able to access the services and responses they would expect. Organisations already involved and signed up to the Minimum Service Standards and Partnership Strategy will be encouraged to reflect on their practises and how they are maintaining pace with the ever changing needs and concerns that can arise from events locally, nationally and globally.
Hate crime is of serious concern for all, for those experiencing and affected by it, for those who have responsibility to respond and support, and for those with a role to help stop it from happening. The event is open to all and will provide an opportunity for fresh impetus, smarter and improved partnerships and identify key priorities in the years ahead.