Essex Community of Practice: Homelessness & Modern Day Slavery - What you need to know!

You can sign up for this event up to and during the event.

Wednesday, 2 December 2020
14:30 - 16:30 Online

People experiencing homelessness are often the target for those who perpetrate the crime of Modern Day Slavery. This session will give you some very practical tips on how to spot the signs, reduce the risks and respond effectively when you come across victims of MDS. Dr Julia Tomas is the Anti-Slavery Coordinator for The Passage and a sector lead on MDS and Homelessness.


 'Knowledge is power, information is liberating.'  Kofi Annan                    

'Those who work with the homeless are in a strong position to identify potential victims of modern slavery, provide support and prevent exploitation from happening in the first place. Homelessness organisations also hold valuable information that can help us better understand and address modern slavery in the UK.'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kevin Hyland OBE Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner


You are warmly invited to the 2nd Essex Community of Practice which will focus on Modern Day Slavery and Homelessness. For this session we will be joined by guest speaker Dr Julia Tomas, Anti-Slavery Coordinator from The Passage who will share with us her learning from supporting victims of MDS and working with homelessness services to prevent people from becoming victims.

To register please sign up HERE

Covid 19 has not stopped the activities of those involved in Modern Day Slavery and there is some evidence to indicate that the current crisis will place greater numbers of people at increased levels of risk. It is essential, therefore, that services and projects are equipped with the knowledge to address this effectively and the skills to act with speed.

We will ensure there is time for Q&A and a space to reflect upon your own experiences and shared knowledge of the topic. 

You may be interested in downloading the MDS Handbook and reading these reports in advance of the session

Homeless Link Communities of Practice are designed to bring together people working on the frontline of homelessness and related fields within local areas. The aim is to create a safe and informal space in which attendees can share knowledge and good practice, discuss local issues and explore how best to collaboratively overcome them.

Our CoP’s are open to paid and unpaid workers and to people with lived experience of homelessness.

We facilitate events using a Solution Focused Practice approach so that problems are acknowledged but not dwelt on; instead, we look at building on existing resources and skills to work towards a shared, preferred future – as well as expanding knowledge where required. As this is an online event the format will vary however we will endeavour to leave you feeling positive, hopeful and better connected to the bigger picture.

If you have any queries please contact Greg at or call 07956396193