YouthLink Scotland welcomes the publication of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill
YouthLink Scotland welcomes the publication of the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill and we are pleased to see that the voices of young people have been heard with the addition of age as a protected characteristic. Through our Action on Prejudice programme we have been working to ensure that young people are consulted and heard at each stage in the development of this bill. Young people are so often most affected by multiple aspects covered by this bill so their voices need to be central to this work.
Hate Crime should never be tolerated and this bill seeks to ensure that all those who face hate crime are protected. We look forward to seeing its progression through parliament and hope it receives the cross-party support, rights based approach and parliamentary scrutiny it needs to ensure it meets the needs of all the groups hate crime affects. Human Rights and equalities have always been central to the ethos of youth work and we will continue to promote the rights of young people through the progression of this bill.