The action plan brings together the activities of government departments (who work with local agencies, voluntary organisations and the independent advisory group) to meet 3 main objectives:
- preventing hate crime happening by challenging the attitudes and behaviours that foster hatred, and encouraging early intervention to reduce the risk of incidents escalating
- increasing the reporting of hate crime that occurs by building victims’ confidence to come forward and seek justice, and working with partners at national and local level to ensure the right support is available when they do
- working with the agencies that make up the criminal justice system to improve the operational response to hate crime. We want a more effective end-to-end process, with agencies identifying hate crimes early, managing cases jointly and dealing with offenders robustly
The government agreed to review ‘Challenge it, Report it, Stop it’ to assess progress and to ensure new and emerging issues are being addressed.
The May 2014 progress report provides both an overview of achievements and case study examples, which demonstrate how work is being carried out locally. It also highlights areas that have evolved since the plan’s launch, and what is being done to deal with those issues.