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Modern Slavery Awareness

Modern Slavery Awareness

Modern slavery is an umbrella term for all forms of slavery, trafficking and exploitation. It is estimated that this could be the reality for 136,000 men, women and children in the UK. A week of online events and prayer in May helped us to learn about the issue and how we can make a difference through awareness, through shopping activities, and in helping spot the signs of exploitation.

In 2020 some of the Cathedral's charitable giving went to the Mothers' Union modern-day slavery awareness campaign. In the 11th century, St Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, campaigned to end the slave trade from Bristol, and in our day as part of our commitment to pray for an end to injustice, these events will help us to learn more about the issues around modern slavery and how we can make a difference.

For enquiries please contact Canon Stephen Edwards via email.


The Clewer Initiative is enabling Church of England dioceses and wider Church networks to develop strategies to detect modern slavery in their communities and help provide victim support and care.

Clewer Information with regard to Safeguarding Refugees displaced from Ukraine: read more.

Clewer Apps (free to download)

Anti-Slavery International work to end slavery throughout the world. They have projects in the UK and Europe, Africa and Asia, but their campaigning work covers the whole world. Together with local organisations they work to secure the freedom of those affected by slavery and press for effective implementation of laws against slavery.

Material connected with the talks during our awareness week (see below for information):
What Can I Do? Ethical Consumerism
Signs & Indicators of Modern Slavery & Helpful Apps

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority: video talk by Lys Ford on Rural Exploitation.


These events were held in May 2021 and resources relating to them can be found in the resources section above.

“A Christian consumer’s response to Modern Slavery” 
Talk and discussion led by Simon John. Simon is a supporter of Anti-Slavery International and global secretary of RAGAS, the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery. See Resources section below for more information.

Online Prayer Group
Members of local branches of The Mothers' Union meet online for prayer to support these events, raise awareness, and particularly pray for those who are vulnerable to exploitation and modern slavery. You can download the prayer resources here.

Sunday Sermon
Bishop Alastair Redfern, the lead bishop working with the Clewer Initiative, preached at the sung eucharist in the cathedral.

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority Talk
Lys Ford is the senior partnership development manager for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and talks on the methodology of modern slavery (recruitment, control, and the difficulties that victims have in being identified), what signs to look for in business and in rural communities, how to manage and be aware of the potential risk to agricultural businesses, and what we can do collectively as a community. The talk, is available to watch online (the link can be found in the resources section at the bottom of this page).