Modern Slavery Training
Modern slavery and human trafficking have unfortunately become serious issues which we all need to have an awareness of. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 means that certain commercial organisations or companies are now legally obliged to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. This statement must include how they have addressed the provision of training for their staff.
Our Modern Slavery Training courses aim to equip attendees with the practical knowledge and information to act appropriately should they ever come into contact with any aspect of Modern slavery.
The following courses are all day long events:
Understanding Modern Slavery: Basic Awareness
Aim: To provide those, who may come into contact with any aspect of Modern Slavery, with the knowledge and understanding they will require to identify, recognise and act upon situations they suspect may be subject to Modern Slavery.
Understanding Modern Slavery: Commercial Organisations
Aim: To provide commercial organisations or companies with the knowledge to comply with the legal obligations placed upon them under the Act and to provide them with an understanding of the actions they can take to combat Modern Slavery.
Understanding Modern Slavery: First Responders
Aim: To provide first responders, with the knowledge and understanding they will require to carry out their responsibilities effectively and to be confident of using and understanding the National Referral Mechanism.
Understanding Modern Slavery: Investigations
Aim: To provide those, who will be carrying out the investigation of Modern Slavery offences, with the knowledge and understanding they will require to carry out their investigative responsibilities to both the victim and the offender effectively and lawfully.
CPD Certified courses
For some organisations the basic awareness course will be the most appropriate. For others more in depth information will be required and they will want to select different courses for individuals depending on their job role and current knowledge of the issues.
All of our courses are CPD certified and are currently the only specialist Modern Day Slavery courses to have received CPD accreditation. Our courses have been written by former police detectives with experience of writing and developing courses for the College of Policing. Training courses developed by Peel Solutions have previously been described by HMIC (police auditors) as best practice.
The facts on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking in the UK:
April 2015 – March 2016:884 Modern Slavery crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales.
2015: 117 offenders prosecuted for Modern Slavery offences in the UK.
3,266 potential victims were identified in the UK and referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for support, a 40% increase from 2014.
75% of all referrals originate from a first contact to the NHS.
About the legislation
“This landmark legislation sends the strongest possible signal to criminals that if you are involved in this vile trade you will be arrested, you will be prosecuted and you will be locked up. And it says to the victims, you are not alone – we are here to help you.” (Theresa May – Home Secretary, March 2015)
“We believe that the Modern Slavery Act provides the chance for businesses to demonstrate their commitment to ensuring the proper treatment of and respect for people throughout their organisation and supply chains.” (Deloitte- Professional Business Service, March 2016)
Slavery is a broad term for the criminal activity for certain aspects of the abuse of human rights. This abuse includes slavery, servitude as well as forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking.
The Modern Slavery Act became law in March 2015 and was enacted in response to the heightened concerns around slavery, human trafficking and forced labour in global supply chains.
The introduction of this new legislation was an important milestone in the fight against slavery and for social justice. It unified and simplified previous legislation and gave law enforcement new powers. It increased sentencing powers and strengthened the protection for the survivors. It introduced the first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and placed a duty on large businesses to play their part in eradicating slavery from global supply chains.
The Act sends a message to the rest of the world that the UK is determined to confront all forms of human trafficking and slavery both at home and abroad. The aim is to reduce the number of individuals being exploited at the hands of others and increase the penalties for those prosecuted.
The Act places an obligation upon certain commercial organisations or companies to publish a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. This statement must include how they have addressed the provision of training for their staff.
Organisations should already be considering supply chain risks within their business. The Modern Slavery Act aims to focus attention on considering the whole chain, from end to end, to ensure it is slavery free. Failure to comply with the restrictions within the Act can result in an unlimited fine.
The Act has also introduced two new criminal offences:
- It is now an offence for a person to hold another person in slavery, servitude or forced labour (Sec 1 Modern Slavery Act 2015)
- It is now an offence for a person to arrange or facilitate the travel of another person with a view to that person being exploited (Sec 2 Modern Slavery Act 2015)
Both of these offences are liable to a maximum term of life imprisonment on indictment.