Hate Incident Reporting Scheme Guidance
The Council’s Hate Incident Reporting Guidance for Schools and other Children and Families Services has been reviewed and updated. The West Yorkshire Police have also produced The Safer Leeds Schools’ Information Pack on Hate Incident and Hate Crime Reporting in Schools, which provides guidance on the difference between a hate ‘crime’ and a hate ‘incident’, as well as practical examples. These documents have been aligned to ensure they provide consist messages about how to report both hate incidents and hate crimes.
The ambition of the Safer Leeds Partnership’s Responding to Hate Strategy is to prevent and reduce levels of hate incidents occurring within the city. The aim is that the people of Leeds, including children and families, are safe and feel safe in their schools, homes, in the streets, and the places they visit and play.
It is important to report hate incidents so that we understand what is happening across our schools and settings and the city as a whole, in particular the hate experienced by children and young people. These reports help the police, the council and partners to identify patterns of behaviour locally, and highlight areas of concern within communities.
Schools and educational settings are strongly encouraged to continue to report hate incidents through the Hate Incident Reporting Scheme (HIRS).