The Centre for Hate Studies

Impact of Training

To date, the CHS has delivered evidence-based training to more than 2000 practitioners and policy-makers working in criminal justice, education, local authorities, and health and social care from around the UK. Evaluation at 3 and 6 months after the training has identified a number of key impacts at an organisational-level, including that the training had:

  • Directly informed new hate crime policies or strategies
  • Directly shaped hate crime training for staff
  • Directly influenced new support pathways for victims reporting hate crime
  • Led to the creation of hate crime champions or hate crime specialist roles within their organisations

On an individual-level, feedback from practitioners and policy-makers who had undergone the training suggests that it had significantly improved their understanding of:

  • The forms that hate crime takes
  • The impact that hate crime has on victims
  • The support needs of hate crime victims
  • How and where to signpost victims for support
  • How  reporting rates can be increased
  • Why people commit hate crime
  • Existing hate crime policy and legislation

Specifically, evidence collected 3-6 months after the training illustrates that significant numbers of practitioners and policy-makers felt that it had improved practice because it had helped them:

  • To better identify hate crimes and incidents
  • To improve flagging or recording practices
  • To improve investigative processes
  • To improve outcomes for victims (e.g. More cases going to court, dispute resolved)
  • To improve organisational practice (e.g. New assessment tools, engagement approaches, infrastructure) 
  • To increase reporting  

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