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30 October 2017, 3:00pm to 30 October 2017, 5:00pm
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In the last 10 years there has been increasing recognition of, and response to, modern slavery at a global policy level. In 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May described modern slavery as ‘the great human rights issue of our time’ and called for practitioners and organisations to work together to stamp it out.

Cumberland Lodge organised an interactive, residential conference on ‘Eliminating Slavery: Enhancing the Police Response’ in April 2017, to respond to this call.

The conference brought together delegates from law enforcement, non-governmental organisations (NGOs,) the private sector and academia, to explore ways of enhancing the UK’s strategy for countering modern slavery. It examined the barriers to, and opportunities for, enhancing the police response to modern slavery, and made a series of practical recommendations.

Published in June 2017, the Summary Report from this three-day conference (available in the 'Downloads' box on this page) outlines the key threads of discussion, recommendations and action points.

It highlighted just how far we have come in the last decade in terms of recognising modern slavery. Yet, whilst there has been progress, the response to modern slavery is still beset by challenges.

Focus of discussion

To bring the key learning points and outstanding actions from the conference directly to policymakers, senior civil servants and influencers in Westminster, we are holding a follow-up seminar at the House of Commons on Monday 30 October 2017.

The seminar will focus on:

  • Understanding of the scale and nature of modern slavery within the UK
  • The political will to prevent, protect, prosecute 
  • Strengthening the Modern Slavery Act
  • Enhancing existing responses through intelligence policing
  • Putting victims first and promoting multi-agency partnerships.

Convened under the Chatham House Rule, the seminar aims to encourage fresh and open debate and creative thinking.


Confirmed speakers at the seminar include:

  • Chief Constable Sara Thornton (Seminar Chair), Chair, National Police Chiefs’ Council and Chair, Cumberland Lodge Police Committee
  • The Rt Rev. Alastair Redfern, the Lord Bishop of Derby
  • Sarah Newton MP, Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability
  • Will Kerr OBE, Director of Vulnerabilities, National Crime Agency (NCA)
  • Major Anne Read, Anti-Trafficking Response Coordinator for The Salvation Army

Register your interest

There is no charge to attend this seminar. We are expecting up to 60 delegates.

Places are limited, and we aim to ensure a balanced and diverse representation of backgrounds and perspectives. To register your interest in participating, please contact Hannah Breeze, Programme Administrator, at or call 01784 497796.

This event is part of our London Seminars, which take the learning, outstanding actions and recommendations from our Cumberland Conferences to policymakers, senior public servants and influencers, with the aim of addressing the root causes and effects of social divisions in society.

This event is part of our 'Freedom' series of conferences, seminars, retreats and other educational activities.

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