Tackling modern slavery in the UK and internationally - next steps for prosecution, protection and prevention

9:00-13:00 | 20 June | London

This seminar will assess options for policy and stakeholder action in tackling modern slavery in the UK and internationally.

The conference is scheduled to follow the expected publication of the Work and Pensions Committee report into the victims of modern slavery - which will focus on what more can be done by Government to offer help and support to those effected by modern slavery, including through financial means and the training of frontline staff.

Following a number of high profile cases of modern slavery in the UK, delegates will discuss the strategy presented in the independent Anti-slavery Commissioner's annual review, published in October 2016, which laid down priorities for victim protection and the application of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Further sessions will examine prosecution and sentencing of offenders, as well as the way forward for further international cooperation against human trafficking following the UK's vote to leave the EU.

Additional areas for discussion include transparency in supply chains and the anti-slavery statement - with discussion informed by the Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) Bill [HL] 2016-17 - and victim identification and protection, including the future for the National Referral Mechanism following pilot schemes in 2016.

Speakers and other delegates are expected to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with business groups, local authority representatives, charities, policing, legal practitioners and academics, as well as members of the press.

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