Migrant Help UK delivers training on modern slavery to leading trade associations

posted : 14th June 2016

Food and agricultural business from across the country attended the conference on 26 May to learn how to tackle modern day slavery in their supply chains and work places with the assistance of Migrant Help UK. The event, aimed at helping to eradicate the problem in the work place, was organised by Stronger Together and delivered by Migrant Help UK and other partner agencies.

The Stronger Together initiative organised the trade association conference to highlight the legal requirement for businesses with an annual turnover greater than £36 million to publish what they are doing to help eradicate modern slavery in their supply chains.

The focus of the training, delivered by Migrant Help’s Roger McVicker, (pictured), was to help eradicate modern slavery in the work place by delivering targeted training to management in this sector of business. A bespoke ‘Tackling Hidden Labour Exploitation Toolkit’ is available to download free from the Stronger Together website which includes a DVD in various language sub-titles.

Key note speakers included Paul Broadbent, CEO Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and David Camp, Director Association of Labour Providers (ALP).

Paul Broadbent highlighted the GLA’s wish to work with the business community to help eradicate modern slavery in the work place. This was reinforced by Kevin Hyland OBE who spoke of how responsible businesses have been working to tackle slavery in their supply chains within other countries from where they source goods and services.  

Some 21 trade association bodies were represented including; British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association, British Toy and Hobby Association, Horticultural Trade Association, National Farmers Union, The Chartered Institute of Building, ABTA and many others.

Migrant Help is the UK’s only NGO supporting adult victims of human trafficking in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This has given us a unique insight into human trafficking and modern slavery on a national scale and enabled the development of best practice victim support and care. Migrant Help is currently delivering bespoke modern slavery and human trafficking training sessions to local authorities in England.

Migrant Help is making a major contribution to tackling human trafficking and modern slavery by providing professional victim support provision while working closely with police services, UK Visas and Immigration and the GLA to ensure the best outcomes for our clients. We are well renowned and respected for our highly professional training, education and awareness raising across the UK.