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.

What is STOP?

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.

STOP can also assist where referrers have concerns about Sectarian or Hate Crime attitudes and behaviours with a view to preventing offending or radicalisation.

STOP is currently available in North & South Lanarkshire, Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire with potential to expand to other localities (funding dependant).

The service uses a programme which has been designed to educate and rehabilitate individuals to ensure positive, achievable and sustainable changes in attitudes and behaviours. The programme can be delivered on a one-to-one basis or to groups.

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

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a powerful process whereby people harmed by a crime are given the opportunity to explain how the crime has impacted upon them. Our staff are qualified to deliver RJ interventions and will offer this where appropriate.

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 and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS), local social work teams, schools, or any other agencies. 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 the 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, however, extra time can be allowed 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