Last week we got behind Hate Crime Awareness Week. During this week, we have been into local primary schools in order to deliver PSHE around hate crime.
What is a hate crime?
The Met Police state that a hate crime 'is when someone commits a crime against you because of your disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, religion, or any other perceived difference. It doesn’t always include physical violence. Someone using offensive language towards you or harassing you because of who you are, or who they think you are, is also a crime. The same goes for someone posting abusive or offensive messages about you online.’
The purpose of the PSHE lessons we delivered this week were for the children to be able to identify what a hate crime is and to be able to recognise which communities and individuals can be victims, and understand who they should report these crimes to.
During the lessons, the children were shown a short video and were asked questions around what they saw and how each individual perceived what was shown. During our lesson at Holy Trinity Primary in Bury, we were joined by Bury FC first team players Tom Miller and Dom Telford. Whilst attending the session, they talked about and answered questions about hate crime in and around football. The children involved in the session got a real insight into what hate crime is and realised that it can affect anyone in any walk of life.
The theory part of the lesson was followed by an active session, where Dom and Tom had a kick around with the children. This was followed by a general Q & A about all things football and their careers to date, where they offered some great advice to aspiring footballers, before posing for pictures and signing autographs. A great lesson was enjoyed by all, with knowledge shared around such an important subject. Thank you to Dom Telford and Tom Miller for coming along!
We will be continuing to deliver these sessions throughout the rest of the academic year to primary schools across the borough. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with our Projects Manager Donna Godwyn using firstname.lastname@example.org.