We believe that the tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community. The Clewer Initiative is committed to working extensively with dioceses, building their capacity to respond to modern slavery in their communities.

The approach is long-term and is tailored to the needs of each diocese, enabling them to work effectively in their context. It is designed to accompany dioceses in building new relationships between the Church, statutory and non-statutory agencies to develop a community-wide response to modern slavery.

Download an overview of The Clewer Initiative.

Our Strategic Approach

Our aim is to work alongside a diocese to develop strategies to detect instances of modern slavery in their communities and to help provide victim support and care. This includes:

  • Bespoke training and mentoring

  • An overview of the challenges of slavery in the diocese including a history of the Modern Slavery Partnership, details of other statutory and non-statutory agencies working in the area and modern slavery crime figures for the area.

  • Help in identifying existing resources in the diocese.

  • Development of strategic partnerships between the diocese and statutory and non-statutory agencies.

  • Support in engaging and mobilising key stakeholders in the diocese and in the community.

  • Facilitating the delivery of a strategy and operational plan for modern slavery in the diocese.

  • Access to a wider community of diocesan practitioners, experts and champions to enable mutual support, collaborative working and shared best practice.


Where we work

We are working in almost all the dioceses of the Church of England in some capacity. Some may send representatives to our annual meetings, or join us at networking events. Others may have collaborated with us on awareness raising evenings, or be promoting victim identification efforts like our Safe Car Wash App. Another group are working with us very intentionally, raising up groups of volunteers who can take the next step towards supporting the victims and survivors of modern slavery. 

Find out more about each dioceses' involvement by clicking on the relevant province - Canterbury or York - below. 

 
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province of canterbury

The Province of Canterbury, or the Southern Province, covers thirty dioceses in the south of England: Bath & Wells, Birmingham, Bristol, Canterbury, Chelmsford, Chichester, Coventry, Derby, Ely, Exeter, Gloucester, Guildford, Hereford, Leicester, Lichfield, Lincoln, London, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Rochester, Salisbury, Southwark, St Albans, St Edmundsbury & Ipswich, Truro, Winchester, and Worcester. 

 

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province of york

The Province of York, or the Northern Province, covers twelve dioceses in the north of England: Blackburn, Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Sodor and Man, Southwell and Nottingham, and York. 

If you are a church leader and would like to help detect instances of modern slavery in your community and help provide victim support and care, please contact your local diocese to find out what they're doing and how you can get involved.