Might you become involved, there is a proposal for a Workshop, either online or in person on 15th October. Read on…
Modern slavery is an increasing problem in these days. It is estimated there could be in excess of 136,000 victims in the UK; men, women and children who are trapped and subjected to crimes such as sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and forced criminality. In Chelmsford alone there could potentially be almost 400 victims. The number will never be known. But every one matters.
No one person can do everything, but every one of us can do something. To this end, the Community Safety Partnership at Chelmsford County Council are currently working closely with community members, including ourselves, in order to develop a partnership against slavery in Chelmsford to be known as Chelmsford Against Slavery Partnership (CASP).
We hope to bring together a large number of community stakeholders, from faith and community groups, local law enforcement and government agencies to healthcare providers, NGOs, businesses, banks and the general public towards ending exploitation and human trafficking. Preliminary conversations have been had with SAMS (Southend Against Modern Slavery) as to how they run their very successful partnership, details of which can be found at https://www.samspartnership.org.uk/.
CASP will work together to raise the awareness of human trafficking whilst safeguarding the most vulnerable members of our community, and we would like to invite your input as part of the Churches Together in Chelmsford community and potentially a key stakeholder in the prevention of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. The Community Safety Team will be running a workshop on 15 October 2020, either virtual or physical depending on the COVID-19 situation, in order to assess the appetite for a partnership in Chelmsford, and looking to shape how it will work along with the aims and objectives.
We would appreciate it if you could let us know whether you have any members of your team or congregation who may be interested in attending this event by to the Community Safety Partnership at Chelmsford County Council by email to Chelmsford@stopthetraffik.org or direct to Community.Safety@chelmsford.gov.uk.
Please feel free to disseminate this to anyone else that you think would benefit from attending. We look forward to hearing from you.
We can’t do everything but we have to do something. Be a voice!
With kind regards