As part of activities connected to Anti-Slavery Day 2019, we were delighted to support Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands and the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network in hosting a series of webinars to raise awareness of key issues connected to modern slavery and human trafficking.
The webinars described and discussed multi agency approaches to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking through a public health lens of policy, practice, prevention, protection and partnerships. Delegates heard from a range of experts and agencies and there also opportunities to ask questions.
Monday 14th Oct: Introduction to modern slavery and spotting the signs.
- D/Sgt Dan Parkinson is from the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme. As a member of the Programme’s Modern Slavery Pursue team, Dan has reviewed hundreds of modern slavery case files to understand how offenders operate, the victim vulnerabilities that offenders prey on and how the process of exploitation works. View content and listen again via this link.
Tuesday 15th Oct: Modern slavery, wider criminality and vulnerability.
- D/Supt Nick Walton is from West Midlands Police where he is the lead for modern slavery and human trafficking. Earlier this year West Midlands Police delivered the UK’s largest prosecution for modern slavery and human trafficking, involving potentially up to 400 victims of labour exploitation. View content and listen again via this link.
Wednesday 16th Oct: Homelessness and modern slavery.
- Julia Tomas is Anti-Slavery Coordinator at The Passage, an NGO which aims to help homeless people transform their lives. Jim Crawshaw is Head of Housing and Coventry City Council and was previously head of homeless and pre-tenancy services. View content and listen again via this link.
Thursday 17th Oct: Technology and internet enabled MSHT criminality.
- Joe Evans works as an analyst at the Joint Slavery Trafficking and Analysis Centre at the National Crime Agency. As part of his work Joe has been investigating how the internet enables MSHT criminality. View content and listen again via this link.
Friday 18th Oct: Every contact counts.
- Robin Brierley is an independent advisor who works on the prevention of modern slavery and human trafficking and is director of the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network. Karen Saunders is Health and Wellbeing Programme lead at Public Health England. View content and listen again via this link.