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.
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
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
(Muslim Engagement and Development) have produced a
toolkit (English only) to promote awareness about reporting
Here are some other sources of information and advice:
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