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What do you think of when you hear the word slavery?

If the vision that comes to mind is of historic slavery, transatlantic ships, and individuals in shackles, this informative webinar is for you. The sad reality is that modern slavery and human trafficking is thriving in plain sight in our local communities, on the streets, in local businesses, from car washes to the care sector. In your role with a local authority, you will encounter survivors of modern slavery and trafficking, you may be called on to make decisions about services which support them, or your local constituents may call on you to demonstrate what you are doing to eradicate exploitation in the community. 

Being a local authority member or officer is a tough job! You have to be an expert in every policy topic from Day 1 without necessarily being able to access training or support. At Sophie Hayes Foundation we are here to help you increase your knowledge and understanding of modern slavery and human trafficking and consider what steps you can take to champion effective and evidenced responses to exploitation as a local leader. 

Based on experience built over more than a decade in supporting survivors of slavery and trafficking to rebuild their lives and achieve sustainable freedom, and led by our expert team of practitioners including those who bring lived experience of slavery and trafficking, we are inviting you to an information webinar. 


Hear perspectives from our expert speakers:










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Amoge Ukaegbu

Head of Programmes at Sophie Hayes Foundation

Hebe Lawson

Modern Slavery Lead – Community Safety Officer – Coventry City Council

Emily Death

CEO of Sophie Hayes Foundation

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Caitlin Battersby

Development & Policy Officer at Sophie Hayes Foundation

Cllr Gavin Callaghan

Leader of Basildon Council and Labour Councillor for St Martin’s

Former Sophie Hayes Foundation Programme Participant

Who is this webinar for? 

  • Newly elected or re-elected members of local authorities (for example at a county, unitary, city, borough level, or even in a devolved Assembly) 

  • Existing or long-term members of local authorities looking to increase their understanding of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking 

  • Officers and technical staff of local authorities working on slavery and trafficking, broader human rights topics, or topics which intersect with slavery and trafficking identification and support (could include law enforcement, migration and asylum, housing etc.) 

  • Individuals interested in running for local councils in the future or in finding out more about modern slavery and human trafficking in their local communities.


This session is free of charge to attend, will be held online in the early evening recognising your competing priorities as a local authority member. Following the session, if you are interested in exploring options for future training or consultation for you and your colleagues on the local authority, please get in touch.

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