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PCC funds anti-hate crime project in schools

Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway has backed education charity, The Anne Frank Trust UK, to work with schools in the county to beat hate crime.

The programme, which has won plaudits from teachers and pupils alike, incorporates a range of workshops designed to generate debate and discussion on prejudice, hate crime and social responsibility, and promote positive attitudes.


What really impresses me about the work The Anne Frank Trust will be doing in schools is that this is not a lesson for a day. The Trust creates Anti-Hate Crime Ambassadors to carry forward the message that prejudice and abuse are unacceptable every day of the year," said Commissioner Holloway.

“Bedfordshire has one of the most diverse sets of communities in the entire country and has, very sadly, been linked to the worst extremes of prejudice in terms of radicalisation and Right Wing Extremism.

“I hope this project will create a legacy in future generations to break down prejudices and create a genuinely more harmonious, single, community in this county,” said the Commissioner.

Workshops are delivered alongside tours of The Anne Frank Trust's exhibition:
'Anne Frank – A History for Today' and Holocaust survivor, and Anne Frank's posthumous step-sister, Dr Eva Schloss MBE, is also invited to share her remarkable story.

Anti-Hate Crime Ambassadors receive additional training from The Anne Frank Trust and raise awareness widely among their peer group about the dangers to society of prejudice and discrimination. 

Bedfordshire Police Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said, “The work of the Trust is so important for the next generation and community of Bedfordshire. We are therefore very encouraged that our partnership is now moving ahead to continue this important work.

“A lot of work has also been conducted in schools working with partners such as The Anne Frank Trust to improve knowledge and increase empathy amongst young people. Hate Crime and Dignity Ambassador Schemes have also been set up in Luton and Dunstable.

“Over the last 12 months these initiatives have assisted in the reduction in young people committing hate crime offences compared to last year. This has meant a 3% decrease in those aged 10-14 and 2% decrease of those aged 15-17.”

The project reached more than 2,000 young people in schools and other settings across Bedfordshire during its last round of funding including Mark Rutherford School, The Chalk Hills Academy, Goldington Academy, Vandyke Upper, Stockwood Park Academy, ACE Luton and Fulbrook Middle. The project also involved young people at TOKKO Youth Centre in Luton.

Val Ross, Eastern Regional Manager for The Anne Frank Trust, added, "We’re now actively engaging with schools in the area to launch the second year of the programme.

“It is something the community has really responded to, with high levels of engagement, especially among young people who have been particularly motivated and switched on.

"Being able to extend our reach and develop relationships with schools in Bedfordshire, has been very important to us and so worthwhile for all involved."

For more information about The Anne Frank Trust UK’s work, visit
www.annefrank.org.uk or email Regional Manager Val Ross at ValR@annefrank.org.uk and to find out more about how Bedfordshire Police tackles hate crime visit www.bedfordshire.police.uk/tackling_crime/hate_crime_and_hate_incidents.aspx