IOM & Stop the Traffik to Deliver Pan-London Modern Slavery Awareness Pilot
IOM and Stop the Traffik have been awarded a project to develop, pilot and evaluate multi-disciplinary modern slavery awareness training to meet the needs of frontline and ancillary professionals working in key agencies across London. The initiative has been jointly coordinated by the London Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (LondonAdass), the Metropolitan Police and the NHS.
Using a train-the-trainer approach with complementary e-learning tools, IOM and Stop the Traffik will build the capacity of professionals working in social care, health and the police so that they can define human trafficking and modern slavery, recognise the different forms of exploitation and the associated indicators and how they might present. Speaking on behalf LondonAdass, Dawn Wakeling, Lead Director of Adult Social Services for Safeguarding says “the training sessions and tools will describe the safeguarding needs associated with trafficking and modern slavery, including some of the common health concerns experienced by trafficked people and people in modern slavery, and will help participants assess how to take safe and appropriate action”.
Commenting on the importance of this initiative, Detective Chief Inspector Phil Brewer from the Metropolitan Police Trafficking & Kidnap Unit and a member of the steering group says “effective multi-agency awareness training is urgently needed for frontline professionals to ensure that vital opportunities to identify, assist, and support victims of modern slavery are not missed, and that best practices are followed. We are pleased to be working with IOM and Stop the Traffik on this project”.
In total, 180 professionals will participate in six awareness sessions taking place across London in summer 2017. They will all be equipped with the skills and materials to disseminate the learning, either via face-to-face sessions or e-learning, across their local areas and among different agencies.
This project builds on the experience of both IOM & Stop the Traffik in delivering human trafficking and modern slavery awareness-raising sessions to frontline professionals across various agencies and locations in the UK. Both organisations have worked extensively with local authorities, police, health, and immigration services, as well as faith-based groups, diaspora community groups and NGOs, to ensure that all have the skills they need to detect, address and prevent human trafficking and modern slavery.
Wendy Adams, Stop the Traffik Lead Trainer and UK Projects Co-ordinator says “Stop the Traffik believes that this training initiative will make a significant difference to how professionals in London can be provided with the right knowledge to take action in a collaborative way”.
“IOM is very pleased to have been selected with Stop the Traffik to deliver this training pilot across London as a natural progression to the work we have been doing with local authorities and other agencies. The multi-agency approach, bringing together staff from social care, the NHS and the police, will ensure a wide variety of professionals can actively share experiences, learn from each other and improve their understanding of what can be very complex issues” says Sarah Di Giglio, IOM UK’s Senior Policy and Programme Officer for Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.