In September 2019, the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme will support a third partnership conference designed to bring PCCs and police forces together with colleagues from local authorities, health, education and other public sector agencies in tackling aspects of modern slavery.
It follows a first conference held in July 2018 which looked at the benefits and approaches to partnership working to combat modern slavery, which was followed by a second event in October 2018 to raise awareness of the risks that homeless people can face in being recruited into exploitation.
This next event will explore and examine how to improve partnership working to protect children from exploitation. Attendance at the event is open to senior leaders and managers of OPCCs, police forces, local authorities, public health, education, youth work and other public sector agencies with specific responsibility for supporting and caring for young people.
In November 2018, a thematic report was jointly published by Ofsted, HMI Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and HMI Probation which called for agencies to learn the lessons of the past in responding to criminal exploitation of children and county lines. The report (link here) recognised much has been done by agencies to address child sexual exploitation and highlighted this success and good practice must be built on and shared to tackle other forms of child exploitation.
The event on the 27th September will be an opportunity to share approaches and best practices and will include a session updating on the policing experience which will be led by speakers from the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme. The agenda will cover 5 key themes:
- Understanding the scale of child criminal exploitation in the UK
- Developing best practice and innovation
- How to strengthen networks to respond effectively
- Understanding the complexities of tackling child criminal exploitation
- An appropriate victim focussed response.
Those interested in attending should register interest with the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme by Friday 16 August 2019 by email to ModernSlavery@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk