Free training sessions in June 2018 detailed below and in the attached flyer.

What is it?

Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. Victims of modern slavery can be any age, gender, nationality or ethnicity as anyone can become a victim providing that there is an angle of vulnerability to exploit. They are tricked or threatened into work and may feel unable to leave through fear or intimidation.

Modern slavery encompasses a wide variety of exploitation types including:

  • sexual exploitation
  • forced labour
  • forced criminality
  • domestic servitude

This could include someone being forced to run drugs on behalf of an organised crime group or someone who is made to work against their will for long hours in poor working conditions for little or no pay.

Why is it important?

The Home Office predicts that there are an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 potential victims in the UK. Known figures have increased year on year in the UK. However, many victims are still not being identified and reported.

The Modern Slavery Act was introduced in 2015 and Sec 52 of the Act places a duty on designated first responder agencies, which includes police and local authorities, to identify, report and support potential victims.

For other organisations who are not designated first responders, there remains a key role to play in identifying potential victims to ensure appropriate safeguarding and support.

Why should I attend?

This training is being provided by RAHAB who have been commissioned by the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner to provide support for victims of exploitation, as well as to support local authorities and other partner agencies with training and awareness.

The training is designed for front line workers and those who manage them to myth bust and help workers understand what this area of crime is about, what factors make people vulnerable, as well as considering the victim’s perspective such as the barriers to disclosure.

Professionals from a huge range of departments and organisations have the potential to come into contact with a victim of modern slavery, from those with roles in safeguarding and housing, to those in planning, trading standards and environmental health.

The 3-hour session will help you understand the risks, be aware of signs you may spot in your work capacity, what you can do about it and give you information about the referral process for support.

If your work puts you in possible contact with situations where you may see signs of exploitation then this training will be extremely valuable to you. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of modern slavery or exploitation.

For BFC employees: Bookings need to be made through iWorks.

For non-BFC employees: Bookings need to be made by emailing

The sessions are free, are 3 hours long and there are a total of 6 sessions available in June 2018 (there is a non-attendance fee of £50). The venue for all sessions will be the Open Learning Centre, Bracknell. The dates are:

  • 18 June 2018: 9:30 – 12:30 pm
  • 18 June 2018: 1 – 4 pm
  • 20 June 2018: 9:30 – 12:30 pm
  • 20 June 2018: 1 – 4 pm
  • 29 June 2018: 9:30 – 12:30 pm
  • 29 June 2018: 1 – 4pm

There are 30 spaces available per session.

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