I have worries about a situation that might involve modern slavery

Modern Slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery. Children (those aged under 18) are considered victims of trafficking, whether or not they have been coerced, deceived or paid to secure their compliance. They need only have been recruited, transported, received or harboured for the purpose of exploitation. It is an international crime, affecting an estimated 45.8 million people around the world. It is a global problem that transcends age, gender and ethnicity. It is not an issue confined to history or an issue that only exists in certain countries or parts of this country. It is something that is still happening today, and it happens here.

If you come across anyone you believe could be a victim of modern slavery, a property that raises suspicion, or a business you think might be using forced labour, call the helpline on 0800 0121 700 or call the police – it is the duty of trained professionals to identify victims so leave it up to them. If a child is believed to be at risk, immediately contact the police (on 999 if you believe they are at immediate risk, on 101 to raise a lower level concern) and the local authority children’s services Tel: 0300 123 1116 or email MARU. At evenings and weekends or during public holidays, call: 01208 251 300.

The Government has published a leaflet explaining modern slavery in more detail.

The Clewer Initiative enables Church of England dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities. You can find out more about this buy going to its website.

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Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care in an integral part of our diocese life.