The University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation has helped launch a new series of innovative resources, designed to help frontline workers respond to individual cases of modern slavery.
This Sunday, 18 October, is Anti-Slavery Day, a day appointed by Parliament to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery, human trafficking and exploitation.
To mark the day this year, the Institute in partnership with The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre has announced new resources and workshops. These have been led by a team at the Institute, in collaboration with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA), the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and Fresca Group.
Dr Alicia Kidd, from the Wilberforce Institute at the University of Hull, said: “We want frontline workers, wherever they are in Britain, to be prepared for complex cases of modern slavery in order to provide effective wrap around support that best meets the needs of those affected.
“We created these workshops so that local communities across the UK can create their own well-informed and coordinated response to modern slavery cases based on the needs in their region.”
Modern slavery is estimated to affect tens of thousands of people across the UK, with over 10,000 people officially identified as potential victims by the authorities in 2019.
Children and adults get coerced, trapped and exploited in a wide range of forms of exploitation, from forced labour in sectors such as farming, construction or hospitality, to sexual exploitation, domestic work or forced criminality.
No local area in the UK is free from these extreme forms of exploitation.
Although the general awareness of modern slavery has risen in recent years in the UK, it’s often hard for frontline practitioners to be able to respond to different and often very complex individual cases of people trapped and exploited.
The new workshops are designed to change that, providing innovative solutions for local authorities and partners to develop their own practical responses.
Rather than relying on presentations, the workshops are based on simulated realistic scenarios, taking into account complex individual factors for the people affected, as well as limitations in the capacity of those required to intervene.