29 Mar 2018

You may be aware that there have been reports of a letter being circulated in the UK stating that 'punish a Muslim day' will take place on 3 April.

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You may be aware that there have been reports of a letter being circulated in the UK stating that 'punish a Muslim day' will take place on 3 April.

This letter is addressed to the majority non-Muslim British population as an encouragement to commit acts against Muslim individuals and communities.

The letter has caused alarm and distress and, in response, third sector organisations in Wales may want to consider how best to support their Muslim beneficiaries, volunteers and staff next week.

From a safeguarding perspective, it's important to be aware that people may be feeling fearful and upset and in need of some extra reassurance and support at this time.

  • Be proactive and let people in your organisation know who they can talk to if they have any concerns. Perhaps this could be your safeguarding officer, volunteer manager or a trustee?
  • If staff and volunteers are worried about travelling or coming into work, be flexible about their working arrangements next week, or ask them how they would like to be supported. Perhaps you could organise a 'buddying' system?
  • Make sure that everyone knows how to report incidents to the police, in the unfortunate event that they do experience or witness an incident. If anyone is in immediate danger they should call 999. In non-emergency situations, they can use the 101 number. People who don't want to contact the police directly can also report hate incidents via Victim Support, the Wales regional equality councils or the Islamophobia Response Unit

MEND (Muslim Engagement and Development) have produced a toolkit (English only) to promote awareness about reporting

Here are some other sources of information and advice:

WCVA's Equalities and Human Rights Coalition aims to enable organisation that work in the Equalities and Human Rights field to engage with each other, share information and good practice and influence policy