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WMASN Newsletter August 2018

  WMASN Newsletter August 2018, to learn the latest news and updates from the Network and work going on in tackling modern slavery in the West Midlands; including more details on the following: West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network Structural Change WMASN Homelessness and Modern Slavery Task Group WMASN Homelessness and Modern Slavery Conference – Monday 15th Read More …

WMASN Newsletter April 2018

  Check out our WMASN Newsletter April 2018 for the latest news and updates on the Network and anti-slavery efforts in the West Midlands. WMASN Newsletter April 2018, and see the introductory letter by our Network chair, Robin Brierley, below:   “Thank you all for your continued support and contributions to the WMASN. NRM referrals Read More …

LIBERATE: Ode to Freedom by John Hunter

John Hunter previously worked for Birmingham City Council as their Modern Slavery Coordinator, and he is a poet and playwright in his spare time. On retiring, he was asked to write a poem linked to Modern Slavery, which was read out at our recent WMASN meeting. You can read the poem in full below. Its Read More …

Post-NRM living

  The Snowdrop Project has created a tool for professionals to understand possible living scenarios for adult survivors of trafficking in the UK after a positive conclusive grounds decision from the National Referral Mechanism. Click here to read the PDF document.  

Modern Slavery: A council guide

  There are an estimated 40.3 million people living in slavery today, and the Home Office estimates that up to 13,000 of those are based in the UK. The help which councils are able to give, bolstered by the passing of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is crucial.   Council employees are already working incredibly hard, rescuing and caring Read More …

WMASN Newsletter December 2017

  This year has again seen us all achieve so much including the production of a Pan West Midlands Modern Slavery Policy and Procedure, a MS Table top Exercise and a MS Conference on Anti-Slavery Day.   Moreover, all network members have consistently enhanced the response to the many aspects of modern slavery and we Read More …

Modern slavery and public health

The role of public health in addressing modern slavery has not been fully articulated in the UK. A new briefing from Public Health England has addressed this gap by asking: 1. What is the case for public health engagement in addressing modern slavery? 2. What are the components of a ‘public health approach’ to modern Read More …

Attitudes to the National Referral Mechanism for identifying modern slavery victims

The new briefing from leading children’s rights organisation, ECPAT UK, shows the results of their survey into professionals’ attitudes towards the UK’s current framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), specifically in regard to children’s cases. The online survey was sent to frontline practitioners working with children Read More …

17 Types of Modern Slavery Offences in the UK: Home Office Report October 2017

Modern slavery is an umbrella term that encompasses the offences of human trafficking and slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, as set out in the different anti‑slavery legislation in place in the four UK countries (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Modern slavery frequently involves multiple victims, offenders and places, and it is often hidden Read More …

IOM Return and Reintegration Projects for Victims of Trafficking

IOM’s counter-trafficking projects are offering return and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking identified in the UK. The projects vary slightly but generally provide pre-departure assistance (arrangement and payment of return travel and travel documents), travel assistance in the UK and country of destination through to short and long term assistance including accommodation and psychosocial Read More …

New MSc in Safeguarding at Birmingham City University

The PGCert/PGDip/MSc programme in Safeguarding is designed for multi-disciplinary professionals from social care, health, police, education, voluntary and charitable organisations, private hospitals and other organisations with an interest in safeguarding children, young people and adults. This programme aims to equip students with an up to date, in-depth knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the legal, Read More …

WMASN Newsletter December 2016

  We have produced our first network newsletter with updates from our events, partners and modern slavery info. This instalment includes a short article on our Victim’s Journey Conference held to mark Anti-Slavery Day on October 18th, a piece by Public Health England and their contribution to the fight against modern slavery and much more Read More …