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Lewisham Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Conference Nov 2017

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Conference November 2017

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Lewisham Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB), Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Safer Lewisham Partnership (SLP) came together to hold a conference to raise awareness about Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Lewisham. The conference was opened by Sir Steve Bullock, the former mayor of Lewisham. Delegates from a wide variety of organisations, who contribute to safeguarding adults/children in Lewisham, attended this day long event.

The Agenda from the day.

What is Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery?

Modern Slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation, controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion and deception. Slavery violates human rights, denying people of their right to life, freedom and security.  

Child trafficking is defined as the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt” of a child for the purpose of exploitation. United Nations Palermo Protocol 2000

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The Guest Speakers from the Day

During the conference we had speakers from different organisations who have an active role in protecting people from Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.


Tamara Barnett, Project Leader, The Human Trafficking Foundation

The Human Trafficking foundation, are a UK-based charity which grew out of the work of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking. HTF was created in order to support and add value to the work of the many charities and agencies operating to combat human trafficking in the UK.

Lara Bundock, Founder and Director, The Snowdrop Project

Snowdrop Project, is a charity who provides long-term, community support to empower survivors of human trafficking. They work with their clients on an individual basis to ensure their needs, which are often complex, are met.

James Simmonds-Read (Trafficked Boys and Young Men’s Practitioner) & Rhiannon Sawyer (Area Manager) Children’s Society

Children’s Society, The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn.

Phillipa Roberts, Legal Director (UK), Hope for Justice

Hope for Justice, are an organisation that exist to bring an end to modern slavery by rescuing victims, restoring lives, and reforming society.

“We refuse to abandon: THE LEAST, THE LAST AND THE LOST”

Emilie Martin, Operations Manager of Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery, Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, are an International movement that been protecting and caring for vulnerable victims of modern slavery since The Salvation Army’s early beginnings in the 1880s, and since July 2011 we have delivered the UK government’s contract to manage support services for adult victims of modern slavery.

Laura Durán, (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) ECPAT UK

ECPAT UK, (Every Child Protected Against Trafficking) is an organisation whose aim is to help protect children, prevent child trafficking, modern slavery and transitional child abuse.

Gary Connors, Strategic Community Safety Services Manager, LBL and Andy Furphy, Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police.  


The afternoon session was broken down into 3 workshops and lead by the guest contributors.

Workshop 1: Trafficked, Sexually Exploited and Missing Children

Workshop 2: Trafficked Adults & Modern Slavery

Workshop 3: Organised Crime, County Lines and the Sex Industry.

The aim of the workshops was to address what tools and guidance are needed to help professionals and agencies carry out their roles and how agencies can work together.

The feedback from the sessions was positive and everybody gained an insight on how we can help protect people living in the Lewisham borough.


LSAB would like to thank everybody that attended the Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery conference.


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