The Bishop of Derby, the Rt Revd Dr Alastair Redfern welcomed a host of high profile guests to the Derby Human Trafficking Summit on Monday 23rd June at St Peter’s Church, Derby.
160 delegates from over 80 organisations heard from Derbyshire Charity Safe & Sound, Derbyshire Police and Derby City Council. Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland from the MET Human Trafficking Unit was the keynote speaker.
The Bishop of Derby, is a member of the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee who published the report and draft Modern Slavery Bill. The Summit was a reflection of that work and aimed to provide a link between charities, councils, police, law practitioners, business and the Church to enable joined up thinking and partnership.
Thousands of people are trafficked into and around the UK every year and enslaved into sexual exploitation, forced labour, drug dealing, domestic servitude and benefit fraud. This hidden crime is highly organised, touches on many areas of our society but is difficult to identify. The Human Trafficking Summit is an opportunity for Derby and Derbyshire to learn more about modern slavery through keynote speakers, practical workshops, mixed discussion groups and a panel Q&A.
Bishop Alastair said: “I am honoured that over 160 people, representing over 80 different organisations, are coming to Derby on Monday to learn about how together we can combat modern slavery.
We hope to better resource ourselves locally for this challenge, especially in our ability to recognise and support victims.
The summit should better equip statutory, voluntary and faith groups to work together more effectively- and really make a difference to tackling this terrible crime.’
Below are videos of some of the presentations made on the day.
Derby Human Trafficking Summit - June 2014 - Emlyn Richards
Derby Human Trafficking Summit - June 2014 - Kevin Hyland
Bishop Alastair's Introduction
Pop Gill, Cohesion and Integration Manager, Derby City Council
Nicola Dalby, Business Manager, Safe and Sound
MandyMacdonald, Safeguarding Officer, Derby City Council