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New Hate Crime training course

Victim Support Scotland has created a new training course for stakeholders and practitioners, designed to provide comprehensive specialised training on hate crime, including how to provide effective support to victims.

10 October, 2017

The training course was developed in response to the recent VSS research into the impact of hate crime and our resulting recommendation for a victim-centred approach to understanding and addressing hate crime in all its forms.

The new one day Hate Crime training course considers the current laws and legislation and the prevalence of hate crime through current statistical information for Scotland. Further focus is placed on the ways in which hate crime impacts victims, witnesses and communities across Scotland.

Training also covers the five protected characteristics relating to hate crime under the Equality Act 2010. Best practice is considered in how to effectively respond sensitively to the needs of victims and witnesses and the challenges faced in the aftermath of hate incidents. Attendees are also offered the opportunity to examine their own prejudices and acknowledge how this affects their perspective.