Human Trafficking Modern Day Slavery
2020 Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery workshops support schools in raising awareness so that young people can both protect themselves from exploitation and understand the importance of respecting human rights – a key part of Citizenship education.
Slavery is often taught about as a stain on our collective past but human trafficking for the purposes of slave labour and/or exploitation is very much a part of 21st Century UK.
Human Trafficking in the UK
A 2017 report by the National Crime Agency lifted the lid on the shocking extent of human trafficking and modern day slavery in the UK. Whereas official figures from 2016 claimed 3,800 people were living as slaves, the NCA suggested that the number was in reality in the tens of thousands. Although many victims of modern day slavery came from overseas, UK citizens, including young people, are also at risk of being exploited.
Modern day slavery comes in many forms, with its victims found working in agriculture, car washes, construction, domestic homes, factories, food processing and nail bars among other workplaces. They are often forced to endure inhumane living conditions and are given little if any pay. Some slaves are forced into earning money for their masters through begging and/or prostitution with the threat of violence hanging over them.
To combat this scourge, it is vital that schools help to educate our young people about human trafficking. Young people need to be coached in both the importance of human rights and in how to recognise and report modern day slavery. Some children may even be at risk of exploitation themselves and will need guidance on how to protect themselves and find help.
Recognising the Signs of Human Trafficking
Part of respecting the human rights of others is remaining vigilant for the signs of modern day slavery. Over 1,000 referrals were made to the UK’s National Referral Mechanism in the year following the launch of the Modern Slavery Hotline in 2016 but more needs to be done to help vulnerable children and adults.
Some of the signs of modern day slavery include:
- Evidence of poor living/working conditions (extreme tiredness, malnutrition, etc.)
- Fear of other people (especially authority figures)
- Lack of ID
- Long working hours
- No safety provision at work
- Properties attracting numerous different visitors
- Signs of physical injury or psychological problems
With the NCA reporting that they found evidence of modern day slavery in every medium and large town and city in the UK, young people need to be equipped with the tools to protect themselves and report suspicions appropriately.
What Happens in a 2020 Dreams Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery Workshop?
2020 Dreams’ Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery workshops are part of our extensive Crime and Social Survival series. As with all of our workshops, the content is designed to be both highly engaging to young people while presenting concepts and scenarios in an age appropriate and sensitive way.
Our workshops provide much more than dry facts and lectures. Rather than speaking at children and teenagers, we use the powerful techniques of role play and open forum debate to place young people in the centre of the issues we cover. This is proven to stimulate real learning and understanding that will enrich your Citizenship programme.
We can deliver workshops anywhere across the UK and can cater for different age ranges and institutions. For example, we can run workshops aimed at supplementing PSHE classes in Primary or Secondary schools or we can tailor the content for young people in PRUs or Young Offenders’ Institutes.
If you would like to book a 2020 Dreams’ Human Trafficking/Modern Day Slavery workshop or find out more about the other courses we offer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 4714983.