Cheshire SECONDARY Schools Media Challenge

Cheshire Police would like your help to reduce attacks known as hate incidents or hate crimes across the county

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Cheshire, Halton and Warrington are inclusive areas and a safe places to live or work and we want to encourage everyone to keep it this way.  However, some people can be unkind or uncaring, behaving in a way most of us wouldn’t accept by attacking or verbally abusing others, because of their identity or the way they live their life.

Hate Crime

These attacks are known as hate incidents or hate crimes and Cheshire Police would like your help to reduce these incidents across the county which will help to strengthen our communities.

Things such as showing hostility, prejudice or abusing people because of the colour of their skin, their ethnicity or race.  As well as abuse because of a disability or mental health issues or because of a person’s age, their religion, their gender or their sexual orientation. Unfortunately, some of these incidents cause fear, misunderstanding, and emotional or physical harm.

A hate incident is anything that the victim feels is motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of their identity.  These hate incidents can escalate into crimes or cause tension in a community.

Cheshire Police and the Crime Commissioner of Cheshire would like to hear your views. We’d like you to imagine you’re an influential YouTuber or Podcaster, and we want you to make a short podcast or video to spread the word to other young people, just like you, about why it’s OK to be different and how we can actually celebrate our differences or the diversity in your areas.

The Script

When you’re writing the script for your podcast or video, think about the impact of hate crime on people and communities, and the support that’s available in your area.  Perhaps you want to focus on how social media influences our tolerance and understanding?  Or maybe you’d like to explore the difference between asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants.  Maybe you’ve got personal experience of such incidents.  It’s completely up to you.

There are lots of helpful videos and other resources here on the website to make sure you’ve got all the facts.  You’ll also find links to some other really useful websites too.

You don’t need a load of specialist equipment; in fact, you can make a really good video or podcast on your phone, laptop or tablet – it’s the script that’s important.  Take time to make sure you include all the important information and that you’ve got a brilliant, creative idea to make it interesting to the people who will see or hear it.

The Deadline

Your podcast or video needs to create a positive message to encourage a greater understanding of our diverse society.  It should be about one-minute duration and you need to send it to us by Thursday 25th November at the latest.

There are lots of other schools across Cheshire taking part in this project.  Thanks to funding from Crimebeat and Cheshire Crime Commissioner it’s free to take part, and the best entries will be shared online and invited to a celebration event.

So, what are you waiting for?  Get creative, have fun and we look forward to seeing your videos or hearing your podcasts soon.

Before You Start!

  • Download the lesson plan – decide how you want to adapt it
  • Look at the ‘Resources’ tab to find out more information
  • The key elements of the workshop are:
  1. Learn and understand the issue
  2. Mind-map your ideas
  3. Write a great script based on the information you’ve learned
  4. Decide who will perform the script and who will carry out technical roles such as recording or editing
  5. Record your script
  6. Think about what else you need for your finished podcast or video (sound effects, music)
  7. Send your finished ads to us via the Upload Form (bottom left) or via Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer.  Our email is [email protected]


Tip 1

Work together in groups of four or five – more minds will create something really special and interesting.  Discuss what you’re being asked to do and brainstorm to come up with a brilliant idea.

Tip 2

Make sure you research the subject before you start writing.  Use the resources here on the website and follow the links to relevant websites.  Watch all the videos too, they’re packed full of useful information.

Tip 3

You don’t need loads of special equipment – you can record on a mobile phone or a tablet.  There is free software available online if you want to edit your video – this article recommends some of the best.  For free audio editing programmes take a look here.

Useful Videos

Useful websites and downloads  Stop Hate UK (all hate crime)  Tell Mama (anti-Muslim hate crime)  Community Security Trust (anti-Semitic hate crime)  Galop (anti-LGBTQ+ hate crime)  True Vision (all hate crime)

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