Safer 6 campaign - Let’s end hate crime together
Published 11th October 2021
The Sandwell Safer Partnership is taking a stand against hate crime as part of the Safer 6 campaign for Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021.
The week will raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote tolerance and respect.
Throughout this week, the Safer Sandwell Partnership – which includes the council, police, fire service and many other organisations – will raise awareness of hate crime, including via social media and other channels, in addition to training sessions for Sandwell youth workers on how to effectively support young victims of hate crime and challenge attitudes that may be displayed by young perpetrators.
The Partnership will also be launching a competition for young people to write a poem or create a piece of artwork to raise awareness of hate crime. If you are a secondary school or college student aged between 11 and 18, you are invited to enter. There are £75 vouchers for the winners in each category (11-14 and 15-18) and they will also have their winning material displayed at Oldbury Library. Visit the council's hate crime aware webpage for more details about the competition. The deadline for entries is Friday 5 November 2021, with winners decided later in November. Competition entrants must live or study in Sandwell.
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:
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
Visit the council’s dedicated hate crime webpage for information on what kind of crimes are hate crimes and what you can do to help victims of hate.
Councillor Bob Piper, Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Hate Crime Awareness Week coincides with the third week of our autumn Safer 6 campaign. The week is all about improving public awareness of the nature of hate crime and how to respond to it. Hate crime doesn’t spare or choose who it damages.
“We all have a responsibility to stand up against hate crime and support the victims. It is not just victims of hate crime who can report it; communities need to play their part too. By reporting it, we can stop hate crime together. We can create a safer borough without discrimination and show to the world that hatred and intolerance have no place here.
“I encourage young people in our secondary schools and colleges to take part in the competition to write a poem or create a piece of artwork, to help us raise awareness of hate crime in Sandwell. I will look forward to seeing the competition entries.”
How do I report a hate crime?
There are many ways for victims and witnesses to report a hate crime, visit the council's hate crime webpage for further information.
In an emergency, where you believe you or someone else are 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.
You can also talk to West Midlands Police via their Live Chat
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.
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.
Sandwell also has a number of Third Party Reporting Centres in the community where you can report a hate crime confidentially whether you are a victim or witness. Centres 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. Visit council's hate crime website for a list of Third Party Reporting Centres in Sandwell.
Safer 6 campaign
Sandwell's annual autumn Safer 6 campaign has a special online focus this year – as well as activities across our six towns.
The campaign, now in its 12th year, promotes a wide range of safety, crime prevention and healthy living advice. The campaign started on 27 September and runs until 7 November 2021.
Each of the six weeks will have a different theme with week 3 being hate crime to coincide with national Hate Crime Awareness Week – visit the council's Safer 6 webpage for more information about the different weeks.
Follow the campaign on Twitter and Instagram using the #Safer6 hashtag and on the Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for Safer Sandwell Partnership organisations and services.