Modern Slavery

More than 200 years after the abolition of the slave trade there are still an estimated 40.3 million men, women and children trapped in modern slavery, and up to 136,000 potential victims in the UK alone.

The Diocese of Rochester is working in partnership with The Clewer Initiative and the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority who are resourcing us to raise awareness to help end modern slavery:   we believe that the tools to end modern slavery already exist within the local community and that the Church, which is present in all communities and at the heart of many, has a primary responsibility in leading these efforts.  They are helping us to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in our communities and help provide victim support and care.

In the Diocese of Rochester this looks like creating a team of anti-slavery advocates who are delivering training and awareness raising events:  please contact to arrange this.   The Diocese is also working closely with local police and other organisations to do everything we can to support the fight against modern slavery in the local area. The Clewer Initiative are honoured to be partnering with the Diocese of Rochester and such a committed team of staff and volunteers, working hard to bring an end to modern slavery in the diocese. 

The Diocese of Rochester also belongs to Clewer’s  national network of practitioners committed to sharing models of best practice. As we learn from one another, we will work better, more closely, and change the story for more victims and survivors of modern slavery.

How you can get involved

The fight against modern slavery can only be won if we band together, and there are ways everyone can get involved. You can get all the latest news and resources by signing up to The Clewer Initiative’s newsletter, or following them on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook and signing up to the diocesan email newsletter for local activities and information:

Safe Car Wash

Do you use hand car washes? You may not know that they are a big risk sector for modern slavery. The Clewer Initiative have created an app with law enforcement called Safe Car Wash which you can use next time you go to a hand car wash. Download Safe Car Wash from your app store, and when you’re at the car wash, open the app and answer a few simple questions. You may be prompted to call the Modern Slavery Helpline to report what you have seen.  

Raise awareness in your church and community

Need a poster, prayer, sermon ideas, Lent guide, or any other resource to help raise awareness of modern slavery in your church or community? Then take a look at The Clewer Initiative’s Resource page:

Slavery-proof your church projects

Traffickers prey on the most vulnerable. Any church project supporting vulnerable people – eg a foodbank, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter - is at risk of being targeted and may be supporting people who have been victims of modern slavery. Watch Charlie’s Story to learn more about this, and speak to your Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser about how you can ‘slavery-proof’ your project. You can also access safeguarding training about modern slavery online from the Church of England’s safeguarding portal

Mobilising Young People

If you work with young people in a church, school, or a community group then you will like this one! The Clewer Initiative worked with Just Enough UK, an educational organisation, to create easily adaptable lesson plans and collective worship materials for school-aged children from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 5. Find them all for free at


Find out more about how the Diocese of Rochester is responding to modern slavery by contacting Caroline Clarke

or see more from The Clewer Initiative on their website:



Awareness Raising in the London Borough of Bromley:

23 July 8:00pm-9:30pm at BCC Auditorium BR29HA Book here

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