I marked Anti-Slavery Day 2018 recently. Modern slavery and human trafficking are a blight on our society – it is estimated that there are currently between 13,000 and 16,000 people in slavery in the UK.
It’s a disgrace that such practices persist in 2018, and over recent months, I’ve been working with Cllr Chris Lamb and Northern College on tackling these issues. The College have put together a ten week, residential ‘Free Thinking Programme’. This is designed to provide support to survivors of modern slavery in returning to society, from building confidence, to English to Maths to IT skills, to education on the world of work.
I recently had a productive meeting with officials from the Department for Education and tutors from Northern College on access to education for survivors of modern slavery, and later this month, I’ll be hosting a roundtable event in Westminster to help spread the word of the fantastic Northern College course and push for further action to tackle the appalling practice of modern slavery.