As part of activities connected to Anti-Slavery Day 2019, we are 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 will describe and discuss multi agency approaches to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking through a public health lens of policy, practice, prevention, protection and partnerships. Delegates will hear from a range of experts and agencies and have opportunities to ask questions.

At 9.00am each day from Monday 14th October through to Anti-Slavery Day on Friday 18th October, a 45 minute live webinar session will be available covering a range of topics. Lead presenters are identified below:

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.

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.

Wednesday 16th Oct: Homelessness and modern slavery.

  • Steven Barkess is from charity Homeless Link and works as their Partnership Manager across the Midlands and central region of England.
  • 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.

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.

Friday 18th Oct: Every contact counts.

  • Rachel Hopper is from Barnardo’s where she leads a team which supports children who have been victims of trafficking, exploitation and abuse.
  • 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.

A face to face stakeholder networking event will also be held in Birmingham between 10.00am and noon on the Friday 18th October at the PHE Offices in St Philip’s Place. This event will provide an opportunity to speak with key agencies involved in identifying and responding to modern slavery and human trafficking.

Attendance at the webinars and networking event is free and open to all agencies, though capacity is limited with places allocated on a first come first served basis.

To register your attendance one or more of the events please book via this link:


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About Us

This is the website of the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme.  We work to support police officers, police staff and law enforcement partners to lead the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking. 

Our aim is to help to deliver a consistent response to protecting victims and targeting offenders - and to work with partners to ultimately help prevent exploitation from having a place in our society.

Contact Us

You can contact the Modern Slavery Police Transformation programme by email at Modern Slavery

Alternatively colleagues in UK law enforcement can visit the modern slavery community on POLKA.