Over the course of the last 15 years, the Centre for Hate Studies has sought to use research findings to shape new and improved practice in order to ensure that responses to victims and perpetrators are evidence-based, effective and sustainable.
The CHS has provided evidence-based recommendations for criminal agencies and third-sector organisations across the UK. This has resulted in:
- New and improved strategies
- The delivery of training on the support needs of victims to frontline practitioners
- Changes to reporting mechanisms and awareness-raising campaigns
- The creation of new assessment tools to identify victim support needs on first contact
- Commissioning specialist support services
Testimonials from those who have adopted the evidence-informed recommendations indicate that this new policy and practice has improved reporting rates, the quality of support and detection of perpetrators.
Within the context of policing, the CHS has informed new and improved practice by being appointed by the HMICFRS to provide evidence-based advice to inform the 2018 inspection of police responses to hate crime, which resulted in a set of recommendations made to all forces in England and Wales designed to improve responses to victims. The CHS were also approached by the College of Policing to consult on the content for the new hate crime for all call handlers working for police forces in England and Wales.
The CHS has improved awareness of hate crime and good practice responses to it through participation on a number of regional and national roundtables. The have been organised by organisations from different sectors including criminal justice agencies, local authorities, educational institutions, health and social care organisations, and charities such as:
- Equality and Justice Alliance
- Government Equality Office
- Home Office
- National Union for Students
- Office for Students
- Universities UK