At The Clewer Initiative’s first national day in 2017 we asked all those who attended what our priorities should be for our first year of work.
The message came back loud and clear that safeguarding was the greatest concern that dioceses had when dealing with modern slavery. It has taken 18 months but we have now completed two online safeguarding courses that are specifically focussed on modern slavery.
The first course ‘Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 1’ is a general introduction to modern slavery, containing case studies which are relevant to congregations. The second ‘Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 2’ is a guide to good practice when dealing with vulnerable groups within churches and church social action projects which might be affected by modern slavery or exploitation. It explores the connections between established safeguarding practice and modern slavery to enable churches to apply their existing knowledge to situations they may encounter. Case studies within the resource have been taken from ‘real life’ situations.
The courses will be hosted on the Church of England training portal. They are free to access and can be used as online training or adapted for a face to face training session. In order to access the courses, you will need to register for an account on the Church of England training portal. Instructions on how to do so can be found on the portal. Once you have created an account, the courses are called ‘Safeguarding & Modern Slavery’ and can be found under ‘Additional Resources’.
We are grateful to the eight Diocesan Safeguarding Officers who have supported us in the development of this resource and to everyone else who has been involved in developing the courses.