Technology helps tackle Modern Slavery

Date: 17/10/2018
Modern Slavery E-learning

A new e-Learning module has been developed by the North Wales Modern Slavery Group to help raise awareness of this evil trade amongst public service workers.

The new package will be launched during the BAWSO Anti-Slavery Day Conference at Ty Pawb, Wrexham, tomorrow (Thursday, October 18th). It is aimed at Council staff and front line public service workers who may be in a position to spot signs of Modern Slavery in the course of their day-to-day work.

The e-Learning package has been developed with key partners including North Wales Police, and other specialist organisations who have a responsibility in immigration, border control and other areas of work, and encounter victims of Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking.

Since 2015, the Modern Slavery Act has placed statutory duties on designated first responders to tackle this most heinous of crimes. This has resulted in a formal reporting process to investigate and undertake enquiries concerning the safety of vulnerable people or those who have suffered abuse at the hands of criminals.

The new e-Learning package provides details of the Legislative context; how and who to report concerns to; different kinds of slavery; those likely to be at risk and the various reasons people are taken advantage of, which are often linked to poverty or vulnerability. 

In order to bring about a sense of local reality, anonymised case details actual instances within North Wales have been shared by North Wales Police so that staff can appreciate the types of cases discovered in the Region.

Annwen Morgan, the Chair of the North Wales Regional Modern Slavery Group said, “This e-learning package supports front-line workers across North Wales and will help them to recognise the signs of Modern Slavery. This will lead to increased collaboration between key partners and Government agencies to support survivors.”

The North Wales Modern Slavery Group consists of Government Agencies, Local Authorities and volunteers in the third sector who meet every quarter to develop better ways of working to tackle Modern Slavery in North Wales.