In April 2016 we set up the first UK Hate Crime Network (UKHC Network), a LinkedIn group for hate crime professionals interested in tackling hate crime in the UK – including Disability, Faith, Gender Identity, Race, Sexual Orientation and other hate crimes.
The basic objective of the network is to promote 17-24-30’s H.O.P.E. campaign across the UK, networking the experts, sharing information, best practice and resources, signposting available advice and support services.
You will need to register as a member of LinkedIn before you can apply to join the UK Hate Crime Network. Sign up to LinkedIn here
- Find the UKHC Network on LinkedIn here.
You will need to be a LinkedIn member to access the UK Hate Crime Network group, or any of the conversation threads linked to on this page.
After researching hate crime on the professional networking site we found the following results;
When we typed in the words hate crime, 4,872 (2,063 in the UK) results appeared, when we placed hate crime in brackets this figure reduced down to 3,243 (1,754 in the UK) results. When we added the work network it reduced the results down to only 8 (7 in the UK) results – 8 profiles, 5 of whom linked to the Disability Hate Crime Network on Facebook, and 1 person involved in the National Hate Crime Network administered by Victims Support.
Neither of these Hate Crime Networks are represented as companies or groups on LinkedIn.
There were no hate crime network groups listed on LinkedIn despite thousands of other groups representing communities affected by hate crime, and a wide variety of other interests across the board.
Setting up the UK Hate Crime Network group on LinkedIn appeared the obvious first step in addressing this huge gap on LinkedIn.
How many people are members of LinkedIn? How could there be so few references to hate crime when so many people have been involved in hate crime work?
According to Statista LinkedIn currently has over 433 million registered users.
Considering the large volume of people involved in tackling hate crime around the world, there should be – in theory – thousands of people including politicians, council officers, police officers, social workers and others – mentioning hate crime knowledge and experience in their profiles. But we found this was not the case.
Why are so few people acknowledging expertise and knowledge in this area of work?
One of the first aims of the UK Hate Crime Network is to start encouraging professionals working in the hate crime sector to start including mention of hate crime in their profiles.
The Metropolitan Police Service has been training thousands of police officers how to recognise and address hate crime incidents. There is a currently training programme within their service to address Disability Hate Crime with the Disability Hate Crime Matters training being rolled out across the organisation.
Many of these officers are on LinkedIn so let’s start encouraging them to mention (when appropriate) this training on their LinkedIn profiles.
UK Hate Crime Network group on LinkedIn
Imagine the difference we could make in a short space of time if all these professionals started promoting their hate crime knowledge and expertise.
The next aim of the UK Hate Crime Network is to reach out to all these people and get them to sign up the the group on LinkedIn.
Getting hate crime professionals to sign up to the LinkedIn group has the following advantages.
- Raises the profile of hate crime on LinkedIn.
- Enables professionals to network with each other, including local authorities, key partners and communities affected by hate crime.
- Enables us to share hate crime information – news updates, research findings and sector opportunities. Can all be easily shared within the group.
- Enables us to sign post hate crime advice and support services.
- Enables us to promote work and volunteer opportunities.
- Enables us to promote new projects and funding opportunities.
- Provides a cheap and sustainable platform for the sector to keep in touch.
Physical hate crime networks have a tendency to come and and go – especially in the current climate of austerity where funding streams are being cut. People tend to lose contact when these groups closed down.
The LinkedIn group offers us with an opportunity to stay connected long after these physical organisations have been dissolved.
Sharing information, news updates, research funding and sector opportunities is an important aim of the group.
The UK Hate Crime Network provides a platform to share information. There are two areas within the group to post information; Conversations and Jobs.
The Jobs area will provide a space to post work and volunteering opportunities. Whilst the Conversations area will cover everything else.
At the top of the page is the opportunity to start conversations within the group.
We have started to set up a number of “Conversation threads”. Each conversation thread has a title block (a picture to illustrate what the conversation thread is about).
- New Members of the UK Hate Crime Network should check out the Welcome New Members Conversation thread here.
For example (below) there is this conversation thread for members to share their Twitter profiles.
- Check out the Twitter conversation thread here.
Another example (below) are regional conversation threads like the London Region conversation thread for updates regarding hate crime work within the London Region.
We have added regional threads covering the 12 main regions within the UK including Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as other regions around the world.
- Check out the London Region conversation thread here.
Member are invited to post relevant comments to these conversation threads. This provides an opportunity for members to promote work they are doing, links to websites, blogs and other on-line resources.
Organising these conversations – setting up a directory of conversation threads
In time, there will be hundreds of conversation threads set up within the group.
Members can either scroll through all the conversation threads to find the conversations they want to read, or use the Directory of Conversations that we have set up here.
By liking or commenting on a particular conversation thread – members will automatically get updates regarding threads conversation threads that they wish to follow.
LinkedIn also provides the option for members to stop following conversation threads they no longer wish to follow.
Terms of Reference
The group is in the process of developing it’s Terms of Reference. A governing set of rules and procedures to guide members within the group how to use the group and what is and is not appropriate to post within the group.
- Check out the Terms of Reference conversation thread here.
Data Protection – only post information that is in the public domain
Members are advised only to post information that is already available in the public domain, and to follow data protection guidelines by not posting personal information, sensitive case information or client details.
Members are responsible for ensuring that their comments and information they share on this closed public forum conform to the standards laid out in the Government’s Data Protection Act.
- Information about the Data Protection act is available here.
Making sure hate crime information is accessible to everyone
The group encourages members to consider all the communities affected by hate crime including people with disabilities who may have different access requirements in order to be able access information shared on the UK Hate Crime Network.
We encourage people to share information in a manner that is more accessible to everyone including those with hearing or visual impairments – and we will highlight organisations including; Inclusion London and the Disability Hate Crime Network.
Mapping out the Hate Crime Sector
Mapping out the Hate Crime Sector is another one of the aims of the group.
In the long term, we plan to invite representation from across the global hate crime sector to be involved in the UK Hate Crime Network. We have a five year plan to contact as many organisations as possible – inviting them to join the group, and share information about the projects and research they are working on.
Invitation to comment
The UK Hate Crime Network group on LinkedIn will only be as good as it’s members and their contribution to the development of this group. So we welcome you to give us feedback about this blog post, this group and the subjects that we have set up as conversation threads within the group. Let us know what you think!