STOP (Anti-sectarianism / hate crime services)

STOP (Anti-sectarianism / hate crime services)

STOP is a Scottish Government-funded service which tackles sectarian and all other hate crime offending. The service is available to anyone aged 12 and over who has been charged with a first time and/or a low to moderate level sectarian or hate crime offence. The service uses a programme which has been designed to educate and rehabilitate offenders to ensure positive, achievable and sustainable changes in attitudes and behaviours. The programme can be delivered on a one-one basis or to groups.

STOP is currently available in North & South Lanarkshire and Glasgow with potential to expand to neighbouring localities.

STOP also provides one-day awareness raising group work in prisons and young offender’s institutes to prevent further hate crimes being committed.

Participation in the programme is voluntary and criminal charges are still subject to the criminal justice process.

In Scotland the law recognises hate crimes as charges based on:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Transgender identity
  • Disability.

What will happen if I take part in this service?

Referrals can be made to the service by the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal (COPF), local social work team, school or any other agency. You can also contact us to make a self-referral.

Staff from the STOP service will contact the referrer to arrange an initial appointment where we will discuss the service in detail and ask questions to help us determine which of two programmes will be most suitable.

Staff will meet with you regularly to help you complete the programme. This is usually done over six to eight weeks although additional time can be allocated where necessary.

When you have successfully completed the programme, you will be provided with written confirmation. This is proof that you have taken action to amend your attitudes and behaviours. A report will also be issued to the agency that made the initial referral on your behalf.

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For information and/or support, please do not hesitate to contact us on: 01698 337206 / 337208