Westminster Legal Policy Forum

Next steps for tackling human trafficking and modern slavery - enforcement, support and prevention

Morning, Tuesday, 7th May 2019

Central London


It is timed to follow the expected publication of the ongoing independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, that is looking at the current legislation in place for tackling Modern Slavery and human trafficking, and how it can be strengthened and future-proofed.

The seminar includes a keynote contribution from the Review’s Co-Lead Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss. It also comes as the Home Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into preventing modern slavery, looking at progress made and what more remains to be done.

With Phase 1 of engagement for the Review recently completed, delegates will look at the operation and function of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and how best to ensure its operational independence in the sector, and improve co-operation with other government agencies and stakeholders.

Delegates will also examine other key areas of focus for the Review including transparency in supply chains.

They will discuss what further measures should be taken to encourage companies to open up about modern slavery in their supply chains and improve the quality of Modern Slavery Statements produced by companies following concern from the Home Office surrounding standards of reporting and the number of companies complying.

Following reforms to the National Referral Mechanism, attendees will consider the current framework for identifying and supporting potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking and how to further develop multi-agency cooperation between first responders operating in the system.

The role of local authorities in combating modern slavery will be a particular focus, including the effectiveness of current schemes and how to improve the sharing of best practice across local Government.

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss

Co-Lead, Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Guest of Honour

Rt Hon the Baroness Butler-Sloss

Co-Lead, Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

Keynote Speaker

Pamela Bowen

Senior Policy Advisor and Lead, Human Trafficking and Organised Immigration Crime, Crown Prosecution Service


Professor Parosha Chandran

Barrister, One Pump Court

Peter Andrews

Head of Sustainability Policy, British Retail Consortium

Tamara Barnett

Projects Leader, Human Trafficking Foundation

Jonathan Exten-Wright

Partner, DLA Piper