Reports of hate crime in Scotland have continued to rise, with Edinburgh seeing an increase of all reported hate crimes over the last five years. There is a clear role for Criminal Justice Social Work (CJSW) in working with the perpetrators of hate crime in order to reduce harm to victims and communities, and promote the rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders.
As such, the CJSW service in Edinburgh funded a Practitioner role to undertake research into hate crime and strengthen the social work response. The result was this literature review, written by Rania Hamad, Senior Practitioner in CJSW with the City of Edinburgh Council. The review explores hate crime, and the causes, motivations and effective interventions for criminal justice social work. It also considers ‘best practice’ for practitioners in this area of work, highlights gaps in current knowledge and makes future recommendations.