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Hate crime

The Safer Sandwell Partnership Police and Crime Board which consists of Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police and other organisations in the community has made tackling and eradiating hate crime a key priority. 

What is hate crime?

A hate crime is any criminal offence which is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards a person based on their:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Disability

What are the effects of hate crime?

  • Victims can be left traumatised and terrified 
  • Negatively affects the health and wellbeing of victims and their family and friends 
  • Can be violent
  • Can impact on an entire community
  • Can lead to tensions and conflict 

What can I do about hate crime?

It is important to report a hate crime that you have been the victim of or witnessed. By reporting, you are taking action to stamp out hate crime in Sandwell. 

Your report will be taken seriously and can help stop the perpetrator from doing this again. It will provide the police with information that will help them to protect everyone in Sandwell from hate crime. When a criminal offence is classed as a hate crime, courts in England and Wales have the power to give tougher sentences to the perpetrator. Also, by reporting, victims can get access to specialised support and advice that will help them to feel safe once more. 

If you have witnessed a hate crime, it can also be helpful to a victim to speak to them in a friendly manner and make them feel reassured if it is safe to do so. This can show the victim they are not alone and might make them feel safer.

How do I report a hate crime?

There are many ways for victims and witnesses to report a hate crime:

Telephone:
 

Police

In an emergency whereby you believe you or someone else in in immediate danger or at risk of harm, call the police on 999
In a non-emergency, you can report a hate crime by calling the police on 101

Crimestoppers

You can pass on information about hate crime offenders by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This is anonymous and you will not be asked for your personal details. 

Online:

You can report non-emergency incidents through the West Midlands Police website.

Hate crime can be reported anonymously by visiting the Crimestoppers website

You can also report hate crime on the True Vision website anonymously. 

Another way to report is by by downloading the West Midlands Police hate crime reporting app: App Store / Google Play

If you feel you or your family are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.

Third Party Reporting Centres

Third Party Reporting Centres are places within the community where you can report a hate crime confidentially whether you are a victim or witness, if you do not want to report directly to the police. They are trained on dealing with reports of hate crime and can help you get the support that you may need after experiencing or witnessing a hate crime. Below is a list of Third Party Reporting Centres in Sandwell.

Brushstrokes Community Project - 253 High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NJ, Telephone: 0121 565 2234

Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall - Municipal Buildings, Halesowen Street, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2AB, Telephone: 0121 552 2356

European's Welfare Association CIC - Shireland Technology Medical College, 350 High Street, West Bromwich, Sandwell, B70 8DJ / Head Office: 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, Sandwell B70 9LG, Telephone: 0121 740 0824

Options For Life - Oak Green Way, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 8LR, Telephone: 0121 544 6611

Rights Equality Sandwell - Victoria Park Skills Centre, Suffrage Street, B66 3QB, Telephone: 0121 541 1775

Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation - Kuumba Centre, Boulton Road, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 6NW, Telephone: 0121 525 1629

Sandwell College - 1 Spon Lane, West Bromwich, B70 6AW, Telephone: 0121 667 5000

Sandwell Deaf Community Association - New Deaf Centre, Summer Street, West Bromwich, B71 4JA, Telephone: 0121 553 0201

Sandwell Irish Community Association - Langley Lodge Community Centre, Langley High Street, Langley, West Midlands, B69 4SL, Telephone: 0121 533 9734

Sandwell Local Oldbury -  Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury, B69 3DE, Telephone: 0121 368 1166

Sandwell Local Rowley Regis - Blackheath Library, Rowley Regis, B65 0EA, Telephone: 0121 368 1166

Sandwell Local Smethwick - Ground Floor, Smethwick Council House, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NT, Telephone: 0121 368 1166

Sandwell Local Tipton - High Street, Tipton, DY4 9JB, Telephone: 0121 368 1166

Sandwell Local Wednesbury -  Wednesbury Town Hall, Lower High St, Wednesbury, WS10 7DF, Telephone: 0121 368 1166

Sandwell Local West Bromwich - Telephone: 0121 368 1166

Sandwell Visually Impaired - West Bromwich Town Hall, Lodge Road, West Bromwich, B70 8DY, Telephone: 0121 525 4810

Sandwell Young People's Services, Coneygre Arts Centre, Sedgley Road East, Tipton, DY4 8UH, Telephone: 0121 569 2899

Sant Nirankari Centre - Potters Lane, Wednesbury, WS10 OAS, Telephone: 0121 505 4005

Special Olympics Sandwell - C/O SCVO First Floor Landchard House, Victoria Street, West Bromwich, B70 8ER, Telephone: 07957 391 514

Summerhill Primary Academy - Upper Church Lane, Tipton, West Midlands, DY4 9PF, Telephone: 0121 557 3282 (Only a Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre for Pupils and Parents at the School)

Victim Support - Victim Support Room 4G, YMCA Black Country Group, 38 Carters Green, West Bromwich, B70 9LG, Telephone: 0300 303 1977

Yemeni Community Association in Sandwell - Greets Green Access Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich, B70 9SJ, Telephone: 0121 525 3909

All of our Sandwell Libraries are also Third Party Reporting Centres.

Hate crime lesson plan (for schools)

In Sandwell, the Safer Sandwell Partnership takes a robust stance against all forms of hate crime to ensure that Sandwell is a welcoming and safe place for all. As part of our work, we aim to raise awareness of hate crime amongst all members of the community including young people.

A hate crime lesson plan has been developed for teachers and school liaison officers (SLOs) which can be used in classroom settings in secondary schools to deliver a comprehensive 1-hour lesson on the topic of hate crime. It is anticipated that upon the delivery of this, students will learn and have a greater understanding of:

  • What stereotyping is
  • What a hate crime is
  • The impact of hate crime
  • The different forms in which hate crime can take place
  • The barriers to reporting a hate crime
  • The importance of reporting hate crime
  • What Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre are
  • Where to get support in Sandwell

Hate Crime Lesson Plan

Hate Crime Awareness - Young People's Competition 2021

The Safer Sandwell Partnership held a competition for young people in Sandwell, which launched during National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021, to raise awareness of hate crime.

We asked young people to produce a poem or piece of artwork about hate crime.

The two winners of the Sandwell Partnership Hate Crime Awareness Competition were chosen as follows:
George - winner of the age 11-14 category
Aimee - winner of the age 15-18 category 

Both Aimee and George are students at Q3 Academy in Great Barr. Here are their winning entries:

Advisor on Crime & Community Safety and Councillor Bob Piper, Cabinet Member for Community Safety.

Hate Crime Awareness Competition winning entries

 

 

Useful links

 

For more information, please email:

Community_SafetyTeam@sandwell.gov.uk