Anti-Slavery Day 2020 West Midlands Webinar

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A webinar to mark Anti-Slavery Day 2020. To include a number of panel discussions followed by question and answer sessions

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To acknowledge Anti-Slavery Day this year, West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network in collaboration with Public Health England will be hosting a day of webinar discussions on the 8th October.

This will include a number of panel discussions on the most topical subjects faced in our sector this year so far and to prepare us for the forthcoming year. These discussions will be followed by question and answer sessions.

West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network, established since 2009 connects the various agencies involved in tackling modern slavery in the West Midlands and beyond. Their mission is to unite and enable partner organisations to work in collaboration to end modern slavery, human trafficking and exploitation. They do this by identifying gaps, influencing change and facilitating solutions in order to protect and advocate for the vulnerable in society.

The intended audience for these webinars are individuals who are active in the Anti-Slavery movement/field. The discussions are less about awareness raising of modern slavery, but digging deeper into existing structures, challenges and the future.

Please Note: This will be a recorded event. If you wish to take part in any of the question and answer sessions but would like to stay anonymous, please change your name in Microsoft Teams. There will be the option to type questions and comments in the chat box if you prefer. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this please email

The Agenda:

09:30 -Introduction; Robin Brierley (Executive Director, WMASN) and Ines Campos-Matos (Head of Delivery, PHE)

09:40 - Discussion one; What precisely is the role of a First Responder Organisation

  • Panel: Wendy Sims Sandwell Council
  • Ruth Worsey Wolverhampton City Council
  • Kat Lafferty Dudley Council
  • Nick Walton WMASN
  • Amber Cagney WMASN
  • Lara Bundock Snowdrop
  • Carly Jones Sifa Fireside.

10:10 - Questions

10:25 - Discussion two; What are the benefits and value of a Slavery Adult Safeguarding Case Coordinator

  • Panel: Nick Walton (WMASN)
  • Lisa Bird (West Midlands Police)
  • Morgan Mead (Red Cross)
  • Jasmin Ahmed (BAWSO)
  • Hebe Lawson (WMASN)

10:55 - Questions

11:10 - Break

11:30: Opening Speech - Waheed Saleem, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, WMP

11:40 - Discussion three; Child Exploitation

  • Panel: Rachel Hopper (Barnardos)
  • Bev Lewis (Barnardo’s Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service - Regional Practice Coordinator)
  • Bethan Kelly - (Barnardo’s Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service (ICTG))
  • Tesfa Blackman (Children’s Society Disrupting Exploitation Team)
  • Lloyd Bidder (Children’s Society Prevention Programme)
  • Alison Jones (NHS Walsall CCG Child Exploitation Lead)
  1. What’s the benefit of NRM for children, particularly UK national children;
  2. Why do children return to those trafficking/ exploiting them?
  3. Best practice for engaging with young people who have been trafficked/ exploited

12:10 - Questions

12:25 - Discussion four; Accessing health - What are the challenges?

  • Panel; Karen Saunders (Public Health England)
  • Cathy Sheeman (NHS)
  • Joanne Harrison (Assistant Director for Safeguarding and SEND, NHS England and NHS Improvement Midlands)
  • Luisa Blackwell (Deputy Designated Nurse Safeguarding Children and Adults, NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group)
  • Lisa Wiseman (Adavu)
  • Louise Brown (Black Country Women's Aid)
  • Jamie Smyth (Junior Doctor, University Hospital Birmingham )
  • Sally James, (Public Health Workforce Specialist, Health Education England (HEE) Midlands)

13:00 - Questions

13:15 - Lunch

13:45 - Discussion five; Pre-National Referral Mechanism Care and Support

  • Panel: Amber Cagney (WMASN)
  • Hebe Lawson (WMASN)
  • Nicole Morris (WMASN)
  • Davina Woollery (WMASN)
  • David Andrews (Warwickshire Police)
  • Morgan Mead (Red Cross)

14:15 - Questions

14:30 - Discussion six; Emerging threats in the Anti-Slavery sector. Inc. Covid-19, Brexit, Homelessness and Organised Immigration Crime

  • Panel: Robin Brierley (WMASN)
  • Jason Grove (Gain and Interim Regional Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Program Manager)
  • Paul Connop, (National Crime Agency)
  • Darryl Dixon (Gangmasters Labour Abuse Authority)
  • Rebecca Hurlock (Coordinator West Yorkshire, Anti-Slavery Network and Manager of the National Police and Crime Commissioners Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Network
  • Shayne Tyler (Fresca Group)
  • Steve Barkess (Homeless Link)

15:00 - Questions

15:15 - Conference Closing - Lola Abudu (Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing, PHE)

15:30 - Close

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