Webinar: Modern Slavery, Homelessness, and Covid-19

A recording of this webinar will be made available on our website, after the event has finished.

Thursday, 14 May 2020
Online | 2.30pm-3.45pm | Free

This webinar will provide an overview of modern slavery and the current national picture and the impact of the Covid-19 crisis, providing guidance on how to identify and support victims and those at risk.

Event overview

Human trafficking is the fastest growing international crime and there are clear links between trafficking, modern slavery and homelessness. Traffickers use services that support vulnerable individuals , such as homelessness services, to target people for exploitation, and people may become homeless when escaping exploitation.

During the Covid-19 crisis victims of modern slavery will be especially isolated and hidden from view, whilst the social and economic disruptions give rise to greater risk of exploitation.  It is vital that homelessness agencies work together with partners to ensure that vulnerable people are not put at increased risk while accessing their services.

This webinar will:

  • Provide an overview of what modern slavery (or human trafficking) is and the current national picture
  • Offer guidance on recognising the indicators of modern slavery and supporting those identified as victims
  • Outline the National Referral Mechanism and the victims journey in support
  • Discuss the current impact of COVID-19 on modern slavery


  • Chair: Steven Barkess, Partnership Manager, Homeless Link
  • Robin Brierley, Chair, West Midlands Anti Slavery Network
  • Amber Cagney, Development Manager, West Midlands Anti Slavery Network

The West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network connects the various agencies involved in tackling modern day slavery, human trafficking and exploitation in the West Midlands and beyond. They work to identify gaps, influence change and facilitate solutions in order to protect and advocate for the vulnerable in society.






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