Race hate crimes against children reach 3 year high

Children experiencing racial bullying or abuse urged to contact Childline

Race hate crime against children has reached a 3-year high,1 an NPSCC investigation has found. This included crimes against children under one.

Childline held 2,617 counselling sessions about race and faith based bullying between 2015/16 and 2017/18. Girls were more likely to speak to Childline than boys, and children aged 12-15 were the most likely to get in touch.

Children told Childline they were being targeted because of how they looked, and reported being told to "go back to their own country".

Some tried to change their appearance using makeup, while others said they didn't want to tell their parents because they were worried about upsetting them.


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  1. 1. The NSPCC submitted a Freedom of Information request to every police force in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  Of these, 38 of the 43 forces in England and Wales, plus Police Scotland and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, responded within the allocated time.