A county-wide conference has helped to raise awareness of how hate crime can impact people with learning disabilities in Northamptonshire – and action that can be taken to ‘halt the hate’.

Commissioned by the Office for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner and co-designed by the learning disability community, the event at Wicksteed Park in Kettering highlighted the everyday risks faced by our vulnerable population and how health and care professionals can help.

Hate crimes can be a significant issue for people with learning disabilities and can have a profound impact on their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Vulnerable people are also more susceptible to bullying, harassment and can be used as channels for criminal activity.

Delivered by our local Get on Board training and advocacy group, the event included a powerful performance from the It’s My Life Theatre Company (pictured right), briefings from police on common hate crimes and how to report them, experiences of hate crime from service users and updates on work taking place across the county to support learning disability rights.