Useful Resources

On this page we’ve tried to include a variety of resources, which might be useful to you. They are about hate crime, being safe, forced marriage and rights. These are free national resources.


RCCMC_SCPMate Crime: A Challenge for Providers
Published by the Association for Real Change

Part One of the two-part Real Change Challenge on Mate Crime brings together the work and findings of the Safety Net Project and sets out the context and identifies, through eight ‘outcome statements’, what people with learning disabilities should be able to expect in order to feel safeguarded from Mate Crime. Included is guidance on what service providers from all sectors can do to meet those expectations, how to report Mate Crime and ideas to help prevent it from occurring.


Mate Crime: A Challenge for The Police, Safeguarding and Criminal Justice Agencies
Published by the Association for Real Change

Part Two of the Real Change Challenge on Mate Crime outlines the context for those working in criminal justice agencies and identifies reporting strategies – including widespread recognition that Mate Crime is taking place – and service specific actions that can be employed to assist staff, help prevent people with a learning disability from falling victim to the crime and improve the recording of any such incidences. Included in the pack is a foreword by Paul Giannasi, Police Superintendent and Member of the ACPO Hate Crime Group.

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Hidden in plain sight
Published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Hidden in plain sight is the final report of the EHRC’s inquiry into disability-related harassment. The report uncovers that harassment is a commonplace experience for disabled people, but a culture of disbelief and systemic institutional failures are preventing it from being tackled effectively. As well as reporting on the extent of harassment the report also includes case studies and makes recommendations to public authorities to help them deal with the problems uncovered.

Response to Hidden in Plain Sight

Published by the Office for Disability Issues

The Government has published a response to the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s (EHRC) report on disability related harassment. The response details plans on tackling hate crime and disability harassment and builds on work set out in a previous report Challenge it, Report it, Stop it – the Government’s plans to tackle hate crime.

Image: Challenge it Report it Stop itChallenge it, Report it, Stop it
– the Government’s plans to tackle hate crime

Published by the Home Office

This report is the ‘blueprint’ of the Government’s plans to tackle hate crime. It looks at three key objectives; preventing hate crime by challenging attitudes and behaviours, increasing the reporting of hate crime through building confidence and ensuring the right support is in place and improve the response to hate crime.

Image: Getting Away with MurderGetting Away with Murder

Published by Scope, Disability Now magazine and the UK Disabled People’s Council (UKDPC)

The report shows that disabled people throughout the UK are facing “a crisis of justice”. Widespread casual and institutional disablism in Britain creates the conditions where disability hate crime can flourish without being recognised or challenged.

Image: A Guide to the Human Rights ActA Guide to the Human Rights Act
– A booklet for People with Learning Disabilities
Published by the Ministry of Justice

In the Safety Net training that we deliver we talk at lot about people’s human rights. This booklet is a good easy read guide to the Human Rights Act and has been specifically written for people with learning disabilities with images provided by CHANGE picture bank.

Disability hate Crime: A Crisis of Justice

Published by Community Living

This article is about disability hate crime and is written by Louise Wallis from Respond.

Image: Forced Marriage and Learning DisabilitiesForced Marriage and Learning Disabilities: Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines

Published by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ann Craft Trust have been working on forced marriage and learning disabilities. They have published multi-agency practice guidelines.

Image: Learning Disability Hate Crime Good Practice GuidanceLearning Disability Hate Crime Guidance

Published by Better Days, Coast2Coast and Inclusion North

Image: Stop Hate Crime Training PackThis Good Practice Guidance is for Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and Learning Disability Partnership Boards. It is designed to tackle hate crimes against people with learning disabilities. Published alongside it was the Stop Hate Crime training pack.

Image: Disability Hate Crime Reporting BookReport hate crimes online

You can report a Hate Crime on the True Vision website.

On the website you can also find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are, find out about the ways you can report them, report online using the online form and find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim.
Image: Disability Hate Crime Reporting Form

Image: Keep Safe
Keep Safe

Published by the Home Office

This document is an easy to use guide called Keep Safe, and it’s a guide to personal safety. It’s in easy read format and covers being safe at home, out and about, at the cash machine and more.

Image: Promoting the Safety and Security of Disabled PeoplePromoting the safety and security of disabled people

Published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)

Research from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has found that for many disabled people in Britain, safety and security is a right frequently denied.

Image: Disabled people's experiences of targeted violence and hostilityDisabled people’s experiences of targeted violence and hostility

Published by The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the Office for Public Management.

The report offers lots of examples of things that can happen that could be described as hate crimes.

Image: Disability Hate Crime Leaflet
Disability Hate Crime Leaflet

Published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

The CPS published a Disability Hate Crime Leaflet in easy read format to explain what the CPS is doing about prosecuting disability hate crimes.

Image: Identifying Barriers to Addressing CrimeLearning disability hate crime: identifying barriers to addressing crime

Published by the Valuing People Support Team (VPST) and Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP)

This is a report from the VPST and CSIP and discusses the findings of a survey sent to investigate the barriers to addressing hate crime. The survey was completed by Community Safety Partnerships, Learning Disability Partnership Boards and Self Advocacy Groups. The report includes recommendations to improve the situation for the future.


Mate Crime: How to stay safe from people who pretend to be your friend

An easy-read factsheet published Surrey Police as part of a Stop Hate Crime project funded by The Learning Disability Partnership Board in Surrey.

Surrey Police also have further easy-read factsheets, including one on internet and phone bullying available to read at:

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Raising Your Game

Raising Your Game is a Mencap project for young people aged between 14 and 25 who have learning disabilities and/or communication issues. One of the aims of the project is to support people who might be at risk of getting into trouble with the police. This video created by Raising Your Game shows young people who are going to go to court how to prepare for it, who the people in the courtroom are and what to do if you don’t understand.


Image: Police.UK websitePolice website

Would you like to know what is happening in your local area? Type your postcode into the website and click ‘search’ for more details. It is user friendly.

Image: Child Exploitation and Online Protection websiteChild Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) 

The CEOP have added an accessible page to their Image: ThinkUknowThink U Know website about keeping safe online. It is aimed at children but you might find this useful for all people using the internet.

Image: Am I being forced to marry?Am I being forced to marry?
Developed by Respond

Louise Wallis from Respond has also developed an Easy to Read guide regarding Forced Marriage, Am I being forced to marry? is for people with learning disabilities. On the website you can download the booklet, or the guide for people supporting people with a learning disability or a poster which you can put up to raise awareness of forced marriages.

News Items

Hate crime reporting rises: news article

This article from this is South Wales reports that the numbers of reported disability hate incidents rose from 77 to 344. But the local police have been working hard with the community to raise awareness and the higher levels of reporting are a positive.

More from this is South Wales

The underreporting of hate crimes: speech

This speech to the University of Sussex is about the underreporting of disability hate crimes and was delivered by Keir Starmer, QC, Director of Public Prosecutions.

More from the Crown Prosecution Service

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