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423 Race Hate Crimes Against Children Recorded By West Yorkshire Police

Nationally there were 10,571 offences, an average of almost 29 a day.

Recorded race hate crime offences against children have escalated to a three-year high, an NSPCC investigation has found.

There were 423 flagged by West Yorkshire Police as race hate crimes against children in 2017/18.

That compares to 245 two years earlier - an increase of 73%.

Nationally there were 10,571 offences, an average of almost 29 a day. This was a rise by more than a fifth since 2015/16, up from 8,683.

The NSPCC’s Freedom of Information request to police forces has shown that toddlers and babies yet to reach their first birthday were amongst the victims of race hate crimes.

Childline counsellor Atiyah Wazir said: “Over the eight years that I’ve volunteered as a counsellor it is just as heart-breaking every single time a child tells you they wish they looked different. These children have been made to feel shame and guilt and sometimes daren’t tell their mums or dads about it because they don’t want to worry or hurt their feelings. I want every child to know that this bullying is not ok, they have nothing to be ashamed of, and Childline is always here to listen.”

Head of Childline John Cameron said: “Childhood bullying of this nature can cause long term emotional harm to children and can create further divisions in our society. If we see a child bullying another because of their race we need to tackle it head on, by explaining that it’s not ok and how hurtful it is. I would urge any child who is being targeted because of their race to contact Childline, and any adult to call the Helpline if they are worried about a child.”

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