Priorities for Hate Crime Reform in Scotland
This event will be an opportunity for delegates to give their views on the key issues for reform of Scotland’s hate crime laws as the Scottish Government consults on the matter.
The Scottish Government has recently launched its consultation into proposed changes to hate crime legislation, building on last year's review by Lord Bracadale.
Reforms include consolidating existing hate crime legislation, introducing new categories of statutory aggravation including gender, age and sectarianism, as well as steps to improve wider support for victims of hate crimes.
Join Holyrood on 21 February 2019 for this timely opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities in relation to proposed reforms of Scotland's hate crime laws and exchange ideas with key stakeholder groups.
Key issues we will address with you
- The impact of consolidating existing hate crime legislation
- Scrutinising proposed new categories of statutory aggravation
- Assess the potential of new Stirring Up of Hatred Offences
- The wider context for tackling hate crime in Scotland including education and support for victims
- Lesley Carcary, Director for Scotland, Action on Elder Abuse
- Charities representing women, older people and ethnic minority stakeholders as well as victims of crime
- Police Scotland
- Scottish Prisons Service
- Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service
- Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service
- Faculty of Advocates
- Community Justice organisations
09.15 Registration and Refreshments
10.00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
Session 1: Context and Overview
10.05 Opening Keynote
10.25 Questions and Comments from the floor
10.45 Interactive Roundtable Discussion
11.30 Refreshments and Networking
Session 2: Assessing Proposed Reforms
13.00 Lunch and Networking
Session 3: Embedding Society Wide Change
14.55 Chair's Closing Remarks
15.00 Close of Event
*Agenda subject to change