A Spotlight on Modern Slavery and Sexual Exploitation Event – October 2023

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The Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board, and Cleveland Anti-Slavery Network are working in partnership with Children’s Services across Tees to deliver a virtual event on Modern Slavery & Sexual Exploitation as part of the week long campaign ‘A Spotlight on Modern Slavery & Sexual Exploitation’. The event will cover Modern Slavery, Criminal Exploitation and Sexual Exploitation, including case studies and a speaker with lived experience.


The aim of the conference is to raise the profile and awareness of a largely hidden form of abuse that impacts both adults and children across Tees.

Who should attend the event? 

All professionals who come into contact with adults and/or children are encouraged to attend.

Guest Speakers Include: 

  • Barnardo’s 
  • Cleveland Police – A Detective Sergeant from Cleveland Police will be presenting on the current trends in Cleveland and the joint work of multiple units within the force to create better outcomes. They will also explore new initiatives and tools being developed, including Adult Sexual Exploitation, a new adult sex worker engagement initiative and modern day slavery safe centres.
  • Robin Brierley –  Independent Consultant on Anti Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. He is the Executive Director of the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network and also currently the Independent Chair of Cleveland Anti-Slavery Network and Chair of Durham Anti-Slavery Network. Robin joined Thames Valley Police in 1990 and went on to work for the National Crime Squad, Anti-Corruption Command within the Metropolitan Police, and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (now National Crime Agency). He worked within the Enforcement Directorate as an SIO, and later within the Intelligence Directorate working on organised immigration crime. Together with the Human Trafficking Foundation he founded and Co-Chairs and Coordinates the National Network Coordinators Forum. This was set up to bring together network and partnership coordinators from England and Wales to share good practice, raise awareness of current issues, trends, and challenges. Robin is very much victim focused and endorses the view that partnerships are essential to identify and rescue victims, and contribute to an increase in investigations, prosecutions and convictions. Robin will be speaking about multi agency partnership working and will be setting the scene for the day
  • Carl Peters – Detective Inspector working for the NPCC (National Police Chiefs Council) Modern Slavery & Organised Immigration Crime portfolio team based in Devon & Cornwall Police. Carl works from the North East Regional Organised Crime Unit as the Regional Coordinator and provide the link between the national team and the three forces of Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria. Carl’s key responsibly is to ensure local policing is able to respond appropriately to the threat posed by both crime types. This includes providing advice and guidance to the strategic, tactical and operational teams/officers and through daily monitoring of incidents and investigations help build the national understanding of how these crimes are perpetrated and how best we can protect and safeguard victims.
  • Craig Hilton – the Salvation Army Anti-Trafficking Modern Slavery Service based in Newcastle. Craig and his colleague will be presenting on the National Referral Mechanism.  They will cover how to refer, when to refer, who to refer and the process of what happens when you do any of these.
  • Louise Mcmaster –  Outreach coordinator at Causeway. They are a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) support provider, subcontracted by The Salvation Army to deliver the MSVCC contract to survivors of modern slavery and human tracking. They provide safehouse accommodation to survivors and also provide outreach support throughout the North East region.
  • Nikky Henry – Service Manager in Redcar and Cleveland Children’s Services. Nikky has 23 years of experience working across criminal justice and children’s services and with a particular interest in risk management and exploitation. Nikky will be presenting a case study today in respect of an exploited child who was recognised as a victim of modern slavery.
  • Ruth Musicka – Head of Access and Safeguarding for Middlesbrough Council with lead responsibility for adult safeguarding. Ruth will be presenting learning from the ‘Molly’ Safeguarding Adults review and steps taken to incorporate the learning from the review.

Delivery of the Course:

The webinar sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

The webinar sessions will be recorded. Delegates are requested to turn their cameras off for the duration of the event.

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