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.

One Scotland

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

Confirmed Speakers

  • Lesley Carcary, Director for Scotland, Action on Elder Abuse
Who will benefit from attending?
  • 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

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.




Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.


Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, housing associations, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For all event enquiries please email or call 0131 285 1635

21 February 2019



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