Young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are twice as likely to be bullied as their peers.
The video was made to coincide with National Hate Crime Awareness Week, which runs from October 12th-19th, 2019.
In it, the youngsters talk about their personal experiences of being abused in public simply for being different, and how it has affected them.
Funding for the video has come from Suffolk County Council and the county’s three NHS clinical commissioning groups, who are jointly responsible for SEND provision.
Going forward, it will be shown in schools and colleges across Suffolk to help raise awareness of hate crime among young people.
It’s not easy to watch, but we think it’s important that you do.
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Thank you for your support
Please share our posts on social media and click on the links on the right-hand side to download PDFs of A4 posters and A5 2-sided leaflets featuring some of the West Suffolk College students who took part in the video. Any help you can give to make people aware of the video and its important message, both during National Hate Crime Awareness Week and beyond, will be greatly appreciated by the members of the Suffolk Young Person's Network.
The Suffolk Young Person’s Network would like to thank West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds for their support in making the video and for hosting a hate crime awareness stand on Wednesday 16th October to encourage discussion and promote zero tolerance.
The video will also be shown on the screen in the college’s reception area during the National Hate Crime Awareness Week, included in the future inductions of all new students and used to educate staff around disability discrimination.
Support services and information
Citizen’s Advice Service
A network of independent charities offering confidential advice online, over the phone, and in person, for free.
A national charity who support individuals to live, learn and work as independently as they choose, whatever their ability. In May 2019, their latest research recorded that online incidents of disability hate crime have increased by 33% in the last year, with the biggest increase seen in Norfolk and Suffolk where recorded incidents have risen from four to 23 and two to 20.
- Mate and hate crime – find out what it is and what you can do about it: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/bullying/mate-and-hate-crime
- Stay safe - We all want to feel safe, and there are things we can do to help us stay safe online, at school, at work, and out and about. https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/bullying/stay-safe
- Advice and support for parents about bullying - How to support your child if they're being bullied https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/bullying/advice-and-support-parents-about-bullying
- Bullying - easy read information - Bullying is wrong because it makes people feel scared and upset. Find out what you can do to stop it. https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/bullying/bullying-easy-read-information
National Hate Crime Awareness Week
This special week takes place in October every year (12-19 October 2019), and is an opportunity to raise awareness of what hate crime is and stand by those affected by it. It is organised by the charity 17-24-30 NationalHCAW
Norfolk and Suffolk Victim Care
A service providing free and confidential support even if an incident has not been reported to police. www.nsvictimcare.org 0300 303 3706
Hate crime page: https://www.nsvictimcare.org/help-and-support-2/types-of-crime/hate-crime/
Find out what they do about hate crime and how to report it: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/about-us/our-policies/hate-crime
Stop Hate UK
One of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity. Stop Hate UK provides independent, confidential and accessible reporting and support for victims, witnesses and third parties. https://www.stophateuk.org/
An independent charity who work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve. They help people feel safer and find the strength to move beyond crime. Their support is free, confidential and tailored to your needs.
Suffolk County Council
Information on hate crime https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/community-and-safety/crime-and-public-safety/suffolk-hate-crime/
A website that provides information about hate crime or incidents and advice on how to report it.
- find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are
- find out about the ways you can report them
- report using the online form
- find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim
Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hate crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it.
Related media articles
East Anglian Daily Times on 17th October 2019
'Just be nice' - Emotional video sees brave SEND youngsters speak out about bullies
East Anglian Daily Times on 10th May 2019
Online hate crimes against disabled people in Suffolk rise
BBC Newsbeat on 15th September 2015
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