More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade there are still an estimated 40.3 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery, and up to 136,000 potential victims in the UK alone.

Hidden in plain sight. In our communities.

We believe that the tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community and that the Church, which is present in all communities and at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.

The Clewer Initiative is enabling Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.  It involves working with the Church locally, identifying resources that can be utilised, developing partnerships with others, and creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery together. Nationally, it involves developing a network of practitioners committed to sharing models of best practice and providing evidenced based data to resource the Church's national engagement with statutory and non-statutory bodies.

The initiative forms part of the Church of England’s approach to eradicating modern slavery and is funded by the Clewer Sisters.

The Clewer sisters are an Anglican order of Augustinian nuns founded in 1852 to help marginalised, mainly young women, who found themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade, by providing them shelter and teaching them a trade.


The Clewer House of Mercy was a purpose-built Victorian convent and shelter in Windsor, seen here during the 1880s. The Sisters now reside at their new convent in Ripon College, Cuddesdon and consider The Clewer Initiative part of the legacy of their Order.

Learn more about the Church of England's approach to eradicating modern slavery.

The Clewer Initiative seeks to bring recognition and support by raising awareness of all aspects of modern slavery and helping to mobilise the local church.

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the victims trapped in modern slavery.

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the agencies and organisations working to end modern slavery.

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the local church working in your communities to help those affected by modern slavery.

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