Tools for young people experiencing Islamophobia
31 July 2015
With the support of Tell MAMA and Faith Matters, and working alongside young Muslims, Victim Support’s children and young people’s service, You & Co helped develop a range of resources that aim to support young victims experiencing Islamophobia and anti-Muslim abuse and violence.
This project worked alongside three groups of young Muslims across the country, in London, Rotherham and Blackburn. The groups focussed on discussions around what Islamophobia means and the impact this has on young people, as well as how young people can access support and whether they would report an Islamophobic incident.
Findings from the research groups found that:
- Children and young people don’t always know what Islamophobia is and how to report this – young people needed more information about Islamophobia, different ways to report, and different people they could report to.
- Children and young people fear repercussions of reporting Islamophobic incidents - young people thought they would be called names, seen as weak, or would make things worse if they reported
- Negative perceptions of the police can deter reporting of Islamophobia - young people thought that the police could not help them, would not have time to deal with them, or what happened to them would not be taken seriously.
- The media and social media exacerbates Islamophobia - many young people felt that social media increased the likelihood of an Islamophobia incident taking place, and often made things worse.
- Experiences of Islamophobia have gender differences - young people felt that girls and boys experience Islamophobia differently.
Download the full report, Islamophobia - Children and young people's experiences
We have listened to young people and developed the following resources to help address the findings that came from the research groups:
- You & Co webpage What is Islamophobia? – giving young people information to help them understand what Islamophobia is, along with how to get support and how to report
- A short film clip, Young people and Islamophobia – young people providing information on their experiences and how to get support
- Maryam's experience – a real life case study on a young person’s experiences and how they have dealt with Islamophobia
- Keeping safe – information booklet to help young people think through ways to keep safe and develop a safety plan
- Information leaflet for parents
- Information leaflet for professionals, eg teachers
Find out more about the young people that took part