Modern slavery is a crime that all too often is hidden in plain sight. It comes in many forms and is present in every community.
It is understood that modern slavery and exploitative practice is most likely to occur where the individual is vulnerable through life circumstance, usually linked to poverty. The Church understands that caring for the vulnerable is part of their mission and organises itself to provide care for those in difficult situations.
In addition, Churches and faith organisations are present in a community and as a result are more likely to encounter vulnerable people who are either victims of modern slavery or at risk of being exploited. This might be at a food bank as traffickers use them to feed their victims at no cost to themselves, or it could be a youth group where a young person might be a risk of being entrapped in county lines. With churches having a key role in a community, it’s important to know how to identify and respond to cases of modern slavery and exploitation.
Modern slavery and human trafficking are forms of abuse and as such requires a safeguarding response. Like all concerns of abuse, cases involving modern slavery should fit into the existing safeguarding approach of Recognise, Respond, Record and Refer.
To support you in your role we run regular free sessions on safeguarding and modern slavery.
Our training aims to:
- Inform those responsible for safeguarding in church settings/ worshipping communities about best practice in responding to modern slavery and exploitation
- Equip participants with the information and knowledge to ensure that projects run safely and victims are supported
- Inform participants on the role of The Clewer Initiative
- Discuss how we can support and work together to ensure a consistent approach.
Our training is open to anyone but we strongly encourage those with a safeguarding remit or those involved with a social action project to attend one of our sessions. You can also take the Modern Slavery and Human trafficking module on the Church of England's Safeguarding Portal and learn at your own pace.
Available training sessions
- Refugees, safeguarding and modern slavery
- Safeguarding and modern slavery for diocesan safeguarding teams
- Safeguarding and modern slavery for project leads
- Safeguarding and modern slavery for food banks
- County lines training for diocesan safeguarding teams
- Safeguarding and modern slavery for parish safeguarding officers
Project Lead Training:
- 3rd November 13:00-15:00
- 12th December 19:00-21:00
Diocesan Safeguarding Officer Training:
- 7th November 10:00-12:00
- 18th November 13:00-15:00
Parish Safeguarding Officer:
- 12th September 19:00-20:30
- 16th September 10:00-11:30
- 17th October 19:00-20:30
- 21st October 13:30-15:00
- 16th November 19:00-20:30
- 15th November 13:30-15:00
County Lines Safeguarding Training:
- 10th October 10:00-12:00
- 7th November 13:00-15:00
- 22nd September 14:00-15:30
- 26th September 19:00-20:30
- 25th November 13:00-15:00