Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, has commissioned a disability hate awareness education package to be delivered in primary schools, which is today being launched in Norton Primary Academy in Stockton.
The training DVD features a disability hate scenario, depicting the effects of the incident on the disabled victims, and also covering the issue of mate crime where disabled people are ‘befriended’ by people who then manipulate them.
Mr Coppinger said: “We have done a lot of work over the last couple of years raising awareness of the issues around disability hate crime, including a training DVD which has been shown to all front line police officers and staff, together with colleagues in Local Authorities and educational establishments across Cleveland.
“We were aware of the need to target the younger community of Cleveland, but our original training package was designed for adults, so we commissioned a completely new product for primary age children. We felt that this was the perfect age to speak to young people about these issues as they approach the transition to secondary school and start forming the opinions which they will hold into adulthood.
“Children are not born with prejudice, they learn by example, and this educational package will ensure that they understand the consequences of their actions and hopefully behave with understanding and respect towards the more vulnerable members of our local communities.”
The training package is being piloted in Norton Primary Academy, who already have a track record at the forefront of hate education being a Stonewall School Champion, pledging to eradicate all forms of bullying and promote tolerance in addressing homophobia.
Vice Principal Glenda Steel said: “As part of our commitment to eradicating all forms of bullying and promoting tolerance and acceptance of all, one of our key whole school Rights & Shine foci has been addressing homophobia and other such prejudice driven behaviours.
“Our children are actively encouraged to consider the impact of some of the everyday negative language associated with this and to value the wide range of diverse people and families that create our rich society.
“We were delighted to be involved in the development of this innovative material, which has the potential to support schools in tackling the root behaviours and attitudes that can underpin hate crime and prejudice driven behaviour.”
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Posted on Monday 12th October 2015