Slavery is not a thing of the past. It’s still happening today, and it happens here in the UK!
Modern Slavery can take many forms including the trafficking of people, forced labour, servitude and slavery - and these serious crimes have a direct impact on your businesses. This could be through the offer of a cheap workforce, or those forced to commit crime on the behalf of organised criminal groups.
The number of potential trafficking and modern slavery victims reported to the authorities has risen by 36% in a year, according to the National Crime Agency figures for 2018.
While no business sets out to work with unethical partners, modern slavery is often hidden within a supply chain. The signs of various types of slavery and exploitation are often concealed, making it hard to recognise potential victims and the businesses that use them. Victims can be any age, gender or ethnicity or nationality.
So what can you do?
Essex Chambers of Commerce in Partnership with Practical HR bring you this workshop on Modern Day Slavery - designed to inform businesses of the warning signs to look out for and outline responsibilities to work with police and partners to target criminality and protect the most vulnerable in society.
Businesses are under scrutiny - supply chains must be transparent and slavery free. You can form a key part of the fight against human trafficking by taking advantage of the knowledge and resources available to you before entering a new business relationship or reviewing your current ones.
Working to identify and eliminate modern slavery in the supply chain is not only the right thing to do it will help you protect yourself and your business from becoming involved in this most serious of crimes.
Date: Wednesday 26th February 2020 8.30am to 12.00pm (Refreshments Provided)
Venue: DP World London Gateway, 1 London Gateway, The Manorway, Stanford-le-Hope, SS17 9DY
Cost to attend: £40.00 + VAT Members and £75.00 + VAT Non-Members
8.30am - Registration, Networking and Refreshments
9:00am - Welcome from Denise Rossiter, Essex Chambers of Commerce
9:10am - Introduction from Detective Superintendent Jason Hendy, Essex Police
9:20am - Presentation from the Jana Sherrin DPSI, Kent & Essex Police Serious
9.50am - Presentation from Lysbeth Ford, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
10:20am - Break
10:35am - Presentation from Haydn Cornish-Jenkins, Policy & Practice Coordinator, STOP THE TRAFFIK
11:20am - Presentation from Courtenay Forbes,Business Account Manager, Modern Slavery Helpline, Unseen UK
11:45am - Panel open for Q&A
Jana Sherrin DPSI is a Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Co-ordinator for Kent and Essex Police Force and she works within the Serious Crime Directorate.
She has first come face to face with victims of Modern Day Slavery and their exploiters in her previous career in legal Interpreting and Translation. She became an integral part of numerous police investigations as a cultural adviser, and through this role she supported victims from the initial engagement through to conviction of their traffickers and beyond.
Jana believes that victim-centred approach within all statutory and non-statutory organisations will eradicate this world-wide plight.
Haydn Cornish-Jenkins, Policy and Practice Coordinator at the registered charity STOP THE TRAFFIK, is responsible for providing businesses with the tools and support they need to effectively manage the modern slavery risk inherent in both their operations and supply chain.
Lysbeth Ford is a retired police officer, having served in two police forces. All her service has been as a detective within Major and Serious and Organised Crime and Murder Squads.
She is presently the Partnership Development Manager for the Gangmaster & Labour Abuse Authority having joined the organisation 9 years ago as an investigator. She currently writes and delivers training for the GLAA Academy to external stakeholders and partner agencies.
Lys facilitates the training at the ILO (international Labour organisation) in Turin on Forced labour and human trafficking each year and has delivered training in Modern Slavery awareness and labour exploitation, how to manage your victim in Malta via the FCO.
Courtenay Forbes- Business Account Manager, Modern Slavery Helpline, Unseen UK
Courtenay is a Business Account Manager at Unseen’s Modern Slavery Helpline. She helps Businesses who work with the Helpline to identify potential instances of modern slavery within their business and supply chains and working collaboratively to mitigate their risks. Before this, Courtenay was a Helpline Supervisor for nearly two years, overseeing the team of Helpline Advisors and the day to day management of the Helpline. She is a subject matter expert on modern slavery and human trafficking with extensive experience working with vulnerable potential victims, corporate partners and statutory agencies. She has had experiences with many different types of human trafficking situations and has supported the Helpline in getting survivors to freedom. Her focus on businesses includes developing and delivering Unseen’s Business services, including training across sectors. Courtenay also manages the Helpline Business Portal, a secure online platform that gives business customers access to sanitised, real-time reports of labour exploitation received through the Helpline.
PHOTO CREDIT: Rory Carnegie, National Crime Agency.