The Disability Hate Crime Working Group met at We Are 336 again today (10/12/2014). The meeting was chaired by David Strong (Disability Advice Service Lambeth) and attended by Mark Healey (Lambeth Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator), Jenny Ruales (Victim Support Lambeth), Sean McGovern (Disability Lambeth), Patrick Nyikavaranda (Certitude), Richard Farnos (Age UK Lambeth), Cathi Blake (Age UK Lambeth), and Laura VanBemmel. There were a few apologies.
The meeting discussed the following;
1. Disability Hate Crime Workshop Report (15/10/2014) which is in the process of being collated and will be circulated in the new year.
2. Development of the Working Group. The group works in partnership with the Lambeth Hate Crime Forum – discussing disability hate crime stats, incidents and issues arising in more detail and feeding back to the quarterly forum meetings. We are currently looking at who to invite to the working group and how to involve and support people with disabilities who wish to attend.
3. National / London Policy issues. The group aims to collate hate crime information and resources to share within the group. Sharing information and best practice as well as feeding into any consultation processes. MOPAC’s new Hate Crime Reduction Strategy was discussed briefly.
4. Data. The group will be looking at the statistics, incidents, anonymised case studies and issues raised to identify hotspots and see how further disability hate crime incidents can be prevented.
5. Mapping/Services. The group will map out reporting/support services available in Lambeth, ‘client journey’, referral routes.
6. Development of a third party reporting centre at ‘We Are 336’. Looking at what has been done elsewhere and what we can learn from other third party reporting centres. What we need to do to engage relevant organisations at We Are 336 and standardising the reporting process so it is simple and straightforward for everyone involved.
7. Publicity and Promotion. Looking at how we are going to promote the work of the group, the development of the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog, redesign of council leaflets and tying in with activities in the community.
8. Training. Developing a local training package to raise awareness of and address disbaility hate crime. Identifying resources and funding required.
9. Dates of next meetings; 14th January and 11th February 2015
If you would like to join the Disability Hate Crime Working Group please contact either David Strong (Disability Advice Service Lambeth DASL) or Mark Healey (Lambeth Hate Crime Prevention Cooridinator)
If you would like to join the Lambeth Council Disability Hate Crime Mailing List then please contact Mark Healey