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Virtual Study Day 17 April 2021

The morning session based on Modern Day Slavery successfully went ahead as planned. 

The afternoon session based on Domestic Violence of the Study Day on Saturday 17 April 2021 was postponed to Saturday 3 July 2021.  The Parliamentary Outreach team was unable to deliver their session, due to the death of His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.  This was beyond the control of UKPAC.  Please use the link that you have already received for admission to Saturday 3 July 2021 Event, the login will be open at 9.30am and the session will start at 9.55am.


Biographies of Speakers

Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM

Dame Sara Thornton is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner responsible for encouraging good practice in the prevention and detection of modern slavery including the identification of victims. She was Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police from 2007-2015 and the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council from 2015-2019. She is chair of the National Leadership Centre’s Advisory Board and an Honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force. She is Honorary Professor in Modern Slavery at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool

Ben Brewster — Rights Lab Nottingham Research Fellow in Modern Slavery Perpetration  Dr. Ben Brewster works as part of the Rights Lab’s Communities and Society Programme. His Nottingham Research Fellowship focuses on the role of online social spaces and computer-mediated-communication in the facilitation of   modern slavery, including the role that digital platforms themselves can play in prevention and discovery. He is also currently conducting UKRI-funded research into the implications of COVID-19 on Child Criminal Exploitation through the County Lines drug supply model.

Dr. Phil Northall (Sociology and Social Policy) works as part of the Rights Lab Communities and Society Programme to understand and advance local responses to modern slavery. This includes work to build a slavery-resilient cities index that takes an asset-based approach to understanding how communities become slavery-free and slavery-proof. It also includes close collaboration with multi-agency partnerships on testing and evaluating transferable local responses to the structural issues that create vulnerabilities to exploitation and slavery.

Rights Lab: The Rights Lab delivers research to help end modern slavery. They are the world’s largest group of modern slavery researchers, and home to many leading  modern slavery experts. Through our five research programmes, they deliver new and cutting-edge research that provides rigorous data, evidence and discoveries for the global antislavery effort. The impact team provides an interface between the Rights Lab research programmes and civil society, business and government, and the INSPIRE project elevates survivor-informed research as a key part of knowledge  production to help end slavery.  The goal of ending slavery is ambitious. But in the Rights Lab believes that by working together as part of the global antislavery community, they can achieve evidence-based strategies for ending slavery by 2030.


Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM –

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