Friendship, Respect and Difference: Stephen Lawrence Day

Stephen Lawrence Day was established in 2019 by the then Prime Minister Theresa May, on the 25th anniversary of Stephen’s death. It is a day dedicated to Stephen’s memory that also allows us to reflect upon the part we all play in creating a society in which everyone can flourish. Members of Prejudice Free DorsetContinue reading “Friendship, Respect and Difference: Stephen Lawrence Day”

#CrimeNotCompliment aims to make public sexual harassment a crime

A newly launched campaign by Plan International UK and Our Streets Now, titled #CrimeNotCompliment, aims to make public sexual harassment a crime – by requesting the government to change the law surrounding it. Public sexual harassment is a serious public safety issue: 51% of girls in the UK have experienced public sexual harassment since JuneContinue reading “#CrimeNotCompliment aims to make public sexual harassment a crime”

Violence against women: A statement from PFD

By Superintendent Gavin Dudfield, Chair of Prejudice Free Dorset Today, at our quarterly Prejudice Free Dorset meeting ,we discussed violence against women and girls. What is clear from the meeting – and from the large amount of media coverage – is that all PFD members want everyone to feel safe in our society. People should notContinue reading “Violence against women: A statement from PFD”

Out of Court Disposal: A one-stop guide to OoCD and Scrutiny Panels in Dorset

At PFD’s ‘No Place for Hate’ conference, some of you expressed your interest in more guidance around the purpose and responsibility of Out of Court Disposal (OoCD) Scrutiny Panels in Dorset. We’ve compiled a number of frequently asked questions. If you have any further questions, please let us know in the comments and we willContinue reading “Out of Court Disposal: A one-stop guide to OoCD and Scrutiny Panels in Dorset”

‘Uniting businesses to tackle hate crime’ – a letter from our Business Sub-Committee

By Dr. Ray Davies, Chair of Business Sub-Committee, PFD Dear PFD Members and Friends, Prejudice Free Dorset’s Business Sub-Committee was born from the 2019 ‘No Place for Hate’ Conference. Delegates felt that local businesses could play a real part in helping to reduce prejudice in our county. We’re now into the final months of theContinue reading “‘Uniting businesses to tackle hate crime’ – a letter from our Business Sub-Committee”

Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020

During Hate Crime Awareness Week (10th – 17th October), partners in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Dorset will continue to work together to promote awareness around tackling prejudice and hate crime. Look out for events and activities on Prejudice Free Dorset’s website, Twitter and Facebook page.  In the meantime, there are 26 local reporting centres forContinue reading “Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020”

New working group to support BAME residents, visitors and staff

By Graham Farrant, Chief Executive at BCP Council The recent local, national and international protests have provoked a lot of discussion amongst BCP Council members and the leadership team of the Council, who are committed to addressing the diversity and equalities agenda of our Corporate Strategy and Delivery Plan.  An independent working group is nowContinue reading “New working group to support BAME residents, visitors and staff”

A positive view of ageing

By Susan Ward-Rice, Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Dorset Council In both BCP and Dorset Council areas, the number of older people is above average. In the BCP area alone, there are over 85,000 people aged 65+, whilst in the rest of Dorset the figure is in excess of 107,000 – and those numbers areContinue reading “A positive view of ageing”

Working together to ensure Dorset is no place for hate

By Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner I am proud to be a member of Prejudice Free Dorset and its work to raise awareness of hate crime in Dorset. It brings organisations together with a common goal to help make the county a place where everyone can live, work and visit free from hostilityContinue reading “Working together to ensure Dorset is no place for hate”

Building a prejudice free community

By Superintendent Gavin Dudfield, Chair of Prejudice Free Dorset All members of Prejudice Free Dorset have been asked to write a short blog regarding their roles, any projects they are working on or any current or non-recent issues that may be of interest to those who visit this site.  I have decided to simply writeContinue reading “Building a prejudice free community”