Modern Slavery

Unseen Training

The Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit and Office of Police and Crime Commissioner have organised 4 freetraining events across our Peninsula (at Plymouth, Exeter, Newquay and Torquay) aimed at those engaging with homeless individuals e.g. volunteers and staff at night shelters, day centres, soup kitchens and hostels, to raise awareness of modern slavery.

“…from October 2016 to the end of April 2019, there have been 353 potential victims (PVs) who have either been recruited into modern slavery while homeless, have been homeless during exploitation, or post-exploitation. This includes PVs who have been exploited through labour, sexual and criminal exploitation, domestic servitude and in some cases more than one type of exploitation. Homeless individuals and rough sleepers are frequently targeted by exploiters who see them as easier targets due to their situation. In addition, some individuals have mental health issues, or addictions (including alcohol and drug addictions) which exploiters can use as methods of control to keep them in situations of exploitation. A high proportion of homeless people may also suffer from trauma, loneliness and instability” - Report by Unseen published in June 2019 ‘Modern Slavery Helpline's 'Always Be Aware'’.

The training will be delivered by Unseen and will cover:

  • What trafficking and slavery are
  • Nature and scale of the issue – nationally, regionally, locally
  • Types of trafficking and slavery and how to identify them
  • Legal definitions and the Modern Slavery Act
  • Working with potential victims
  • Victim and survivors perspective
  • How to interview and engage with vulnerable persons, safeguarding approach
  • The National Referral Mechanism – what it is and completing it
  • Processes to follow and things to consider
  • Case studies and practice identifying potential victims
  • Describe human trafficking and slavery and the different forms it takes;
  • Understand the methods and control mechanisms that are used;
  • Recognise the signs that indicate a person may be trafficked;
  • Describe what they would do if faced with a potential victim of trafficking;
  • Understand typical behaviours demonstrated by trafficked persons;
  • Understand the risks associated with having been trafficked and the needs someone may have because of this;
  • Understand their role in the process;
  • Refer an individual into the national referral mechanism (if appropriate);
  • Understand statutory duty to report and any obligations they may have under the Modern Slavery Act.

At the end of the training, participants will be able to:

To book your free place (numbers are limited to 50 per training event) please contact for the Torquay training and for all other training. Please provide your name, organisation and preferred location:

19th November 2019 09:30 – 12:30 Upton Vale Baptist Church, St Marychurch Rd, Castle Circus, Torquay TQ1 3HY

6th January 2020 9:45 – 13:00 – The Conference Room, Coaver Club, Matford La, Exeter EX2 4PS

13th January 9:45 – 13:00 – Plymouth Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Plymouth PL1 2BJ

14th January 9:45 – 13:00 – St. Michaels Church, St. Michaels Road, Newquay, Cornwall, TR7 1RA