New funding for schools will protect 'vulnerable institutions'

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New funding for schools will protect 'vulnerable institutions'

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new action plan to tackle hate crime following a rise in racist incidents since the EU referendum.

In the Commons, he said ‘vulnerable’ institutions could access extra security funding from the Home Office. It is understood that this relates mainly to faith schools though the full details are not currently available.

Karen Bradley, a junior Home Office minister, said ‘potentially vulnerable institutions’ would be able to bid for funding to help to protect themselves against attacks.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said there has been a 57% rise in the number of reports of hate crime, compared to this time last year.

NPCC’s Lead for Hate Crime, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton, said: “All forms of hate crime are unacceptable in any circumstances. Hatred not only has the potential to cause serious physical and emotional harm, it damages communities and undermines the diversity and tolerance we should be instead celebrating. Police forces will respond robustly to any incidents and offenders can expect to receive enhanced sentencing. 

“We strongly encourage anyone who thinks they may have experienced or witnessed hate crime to report it by calling the police on 101 or using our True Vision website (www.report-it.org.uk). You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The vote for Brexit has been blamed for the spate of racist attacks and incidents across the country over the past week, including dozens of Islamophobic leaflets put through doors in Birmingham and reports that far-right leaflets were distributed in parts of West Yorkshire.

In a separate news story, it was reported that racist cards targeting the Polish community were distributed outside homes and schools in Huntington, Cambridgeshire, following the EU referendum.

Earlier this week, the Centre for Studies on Inclusive Education published ‘Equality: making it happen’, a guide to help schools ensure everyone is safe, included and learning.

“ASDAN’s values as a charity include promoting a culture of tolerance and respect among young people,” said Karen Hudspith, ASDAN Development Coordinator. “We aim to achieve this through our engaging and flexible programmes which include our PSHE Short Course and Citizenship Short Course."