In Plain Sight : conference on modern slavery


Members of the Conference of Religious are invited to a conference on modern day slavery called In Plain Sight. It is free thanks to support from CCLA.

Date: Tuesday 15th October 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm 

Venue:  CCLA Senator House, 85 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4ET

Organiser: Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) and members

Sponsor: CCLA Investment Management Limited


Many dioceses and parishes are awake to the de-humanising impact of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in England and Wales.  Leadership from our bishops and action from many religious congregations and Catholic charities has enabled the Catholic Church to play its part in beginning to eradicate in the UK one of the world’s most organised, profitable and criminal activities that causes so much misery and long-term damage to its victims.  

The Conference will help equip delegates through shared practical experience and planning to combat Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking at a diocesan and parish level.  A session on supply chains will help dioceses, businesses and organisations to operate ethically in their procurement and purchasing practices.  


Share learning and good practice from Anti -Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery organisations and practitioners

Identify key areas for future activity using the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking developed by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Agree effective action that contributes to the eradication of Modern Day Slavery

Evaluate the conference with a view to developing a national strategy

Conference delegates will gain:

An appreciation of the scale and depth of the problem

Insights into the range of activities and services tackling Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery by the Church and others

Understanding of the need to check supply chains and guidance on making progress on making more ethical decisions on purchasing and investment

A clear vision and guidance to assist dioceses and parishes in developing services

A support network to assist in developing action plans

Who should attend?

Diocesan representatives responsible for: developing services, and purchasing and investment

Religious orders & congregations

Caritas Social Action Network members

Organisations working in this field

Lead organisations delivering the conference: Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN), Caritas Diocese of Salford, Caritas Westminster (including Caritas Bakhita House), Jesuit Refugee Service UK, Medaille Trust, Santa Marta Group, Women at the Well.

Programme (draft):

10.00                     Registration & coffee

10.30     Opening prayer and welcome

Phil McCarthy and Peter Hugh Smith CEO CCLA

10.45     In plain sight – the problem and scale of Modern Day Slavery in the UK: Kevin Hyland, former Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

11.00                     The work of Catholic charities in combatting Modern Day Slavery: 

Local initiatives:  Caritas Diocese of Salford

11.15                     Break

11.30                     The work of Catholic charities in combatting Modern Day Slavery

National perspectives and victim support: The Medaille Trust, Caritas Bakhita House, Women at the Well, Jesuit Refugee Service (UK)

12.30     Lunch (provided)

1.30        Combatting slavery & organised crime Sion Hall (formerly Head of the East Lancashire Police Anti - Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery Team)

1.45        Supply chains & ethical investment: Andrew Adams (CCLA Ethical & Responsible Investment Team)

2.00        Workshops: Developing local initiatives on key conference issues

3.00        Plenary: towards a strategy to combat Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery Luke de Pulford (ARISE Foundation)

3.45        Conclusions from the day and closing prayer

               His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols

4.00        Depart   

Note: Dr Anna Rowlands, St Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought & Practice will prepare a follow-up paper on Modern Day Slavery and Catholic social thought.

Please follow this link to register for the Conference:

For further details, please contact Mary Scully: 0161 817 2250