An event in Wells Cathedral with sixth form pupils from local schools.

An event in Wells Cathedral with sixth form pupils from local schools.

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.

We are working at varying levels with the majority of the Church of England’s 42 dioceses, either on community-based projects or by sharing learning and knowledge through our network (or both of course!). Through this national network we are able to encourage dioceses to follow similar methodologies, increasing everyone’s effectiveness. We support and learn from one another and work towards a common outcome: a world without slavery.

Find out more about our approach


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. 


the province of canterbury


the province of york


The Church in Wales

We have recently begun working with the Church in Wales who, at their Governing Body meeting in September 2019, passed a motion that condemned modern slavery in all its forms. Commenting on the motion, Bishop Gregory of the Diocese of Asaph said “You’re being asked to not just vote against slavery, you are being asked to move the Church in Wales to action.” We look forward to moving with them towards an end to modern slavery in Wales.


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.