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A Game of Chance? Long-term support for Survivors of Modern Slavery

Research carried out by the Centre identified the significant and detrimental gaps in service provision and long-term support for survivors of modern slavery in the UK. The report ‘A Game of Chance? Long-term support for victims of modern slavery’ explored findings from interviews throughout the UK with NGOs, support agencies and law enforcement and provided recommendations for policy makers. These findings have contributed to the evidence base for advocates of improved statutory support for survivors of modern slavery. Download 'A Game of Chance?'

What Looks Promising for Tackling Modern Slavery: A review of practice-based research

The reports reviewed for ‘what looks promising’ indicated that academics, researchers, and practitioners have had an impact on policy design and delivery and have used the findings from their practice-based research to argue for changes in policy and practice. As well as the role that practice-based research can play in policy development, this review identified ‘what looks promising’: in the delivery of support services; in terms of criminal investigation and prosecution; in relation to cultural mediation; in terms of prevention; in developing awareness and capacity amongst front-line professionals; in encouraging systemic change; and in embedding survivor voice, service user engagement and evaluation in NGO practice. Download What Looks Promising for Tackling Modern Slavery: A review of practice-based research.  


Modern Slavery Innovation Fund study into organized crime involvement in facilitating modern slavery and human trafficking

The Centre carried out a major study to analyse the role of organised crime in human trafficking and modern slavery from Albania, Nigeria and Vietnam and key ‘transit’ countries to the UK. The project was funded by the Home Office’s Modern Slavery Innovation Fund and provided comprehensive reports with recommendations for law enforcement and government response. The research will help in the shaping of policymakers’ future approach to human trafficking from these countries and contributes a more nuanced understanding of the involvement of organised crime in modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Role of Faith-Based Organisations in Combatting Modern Slavery, Conference in 2019

In March 2019, working with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, the Centre co-hosted a conference on the role of faith-based organisations in tackling modern slavery. Participants were from the faith-based world as well as from government, NGOs, and academia. In May 2019, the Centre co-hosted a conference at St Mary’s to launch the results of an MOD-sponsored research project on assessing the risks of modern slavery in conflict situations.

Youth at the Margins Online Symposium – June 2020

In June 2020, the Bakhita Centre and the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults hosted a joint online symposium to explore conceptions of social, spatial, and generational marginality and how this shapes children and young people’s lives. The focus of the symposium was interdisciplinary and addressed issues of concern to scholars, policymakers, practitioners, and young people. Speakers from the UK, Canada, Egypt, India, South Africa, and USA discussed how marginalisation is produced by and through institutional contexts, bureaucratic processes and practice, as well as how it is experienced and embodied within young peoples’ lives.