‘Hidden in plain sight’, the final report of the EHRC inquiry into disability-related harassment was published on 12th September.
The report unsurprisingly concludes that harassment is a commonplace experience for disabled people, and at the same time institutions like police, housing and councils often dont believe harassment is taking place or don’t tackle it effectively.
As well as reporting on the extent of harassment the report also includes case studies and makes recommendations to public authorities to help them deal with the problems uncovered.
The 7 recommendations are:
Seven core recommendations
- There is real ownership of the issue in organisations critical to dealing with harassment. Leaders show strong personal commitment and determination to deliver change.
- Definitive data is available which spells out the scale, severity and nature of disability harassment and enables better monitoring of the performance of those responsible for dealing with it.
- The criminal justice system is more accessible and responsive to victims and disabled people and provides effective support to them.
- We have a better understanding of the motivations and circumstances of perpetrators and are able to more effectively design interventions.
- The wider community has a more positive attitude towards disabled people and better understands the nature of the problem.
- Promising approaches to preventing and responding to harassment and support systems for those who require them have been evaluated and disseminated.
- All frontline staff who may be required to recognise and respond to issues of disability-related harassment have received effective guidance and training.
You can see a signed video, or download the full report as a pdf or in word, or a summary, or an easyread version here: http://bit.ly/pvjDMj