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18 October is Anti-Slavery Day 2019

Thursday 17 October 2019 10.06am

Modern slavery webinars

Modern slavery has a devastating and long lasting impact on victims and is often a hidden crime, undetected for years. It can take a number of different forms including: child slavery; criminal exploitation; domestic servitude, where people are forced to work in unbearable conditions; forced labour, where people are forced to work for little or no pay; sexual exploitation and trafficking.

To tackle the damaging effects of modern slavery, Herefordshire Council has agreed to a set of commitments to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking within the organisation, its sub-contractors or supply chains. The commitment outlines the council’s intentions and actions in joining forces with national and local organisations to prevent individuals from being vulnerable to modern slavery, whilst also outlining what can be done if there are suspected cases taking place in Herefordshire.

To mark Anti-Slavery Day 2019 on 18 October, Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands; the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network and the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme are hosting a series of webinars on various aspects of modern slavery, ending with a face to face stakeholder networking event. The sessions will help further raise awareness, share effective practice and identify future actions.

The webinars will describe and discuss multi agency approaches to tackling modern slavery through a public health lens of policy, practice, prevention, protection and partnerships. You will hear from a range of experts and agencies and have opportunities to ask questions. The schedule is:

  • Thursday 17 October 2019: Technology and cybercrime
  • Friday 18 October 2019: Every contact counts

All webinars will run 9am-9.45am.

• Friday 18 October 2019: Face to face stakeholder networking opportunities and marketplace 10am-12pm at PHE Offices, St Philip’s Place, Birmingham. This will provide an opportunity to speak with key agencies involved in identifying and responding to modern slavery.

RSVP: Please register for webinars and stakeholder networking event here: All events are by registration only and there are limited spaces.

Anyone with concerns about modern slavery can call West Mercia Police on 101, or 999 if someone is in immediate danger.