Diocese of Portsmouth

Modern Slavery

45.8 million people are estimated to be trapped in some form of modern slavery in the world today

136,000 potential victims in the UK

6,993 potential victims going through the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) during 2018

Modern slavery is an umbrella term for all forms of slavery, trafficking and exploitation. The practice still continues across the world today. From women forced into prostitution, children and adults forced to work in agriculture, domestic work, or factories and sweatshops producing goods for global supply chains, entire families forced to work for nothing to pay off generational debts; or girls forced to marry older men, the illegal practice still blights contemporary world.

Statistics are taken from the Global Slavery Index and the National Crime Agency (UK).

What we’re doing

  • Archbishop Justin Welby committed himself publicly to the battle to end modern slavery – Find out what he said.
  • We are a member of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership. It aims “to reduce significantly the prevalence of Modern Slavery in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and the Isle of Wight.” This will be measured by two indicators: The number of victims that have been identified and referred, and the number of prosecutions for trafficking and slavery.
    Modern Slavery Activity - download as a PDF
  • Participating Diocese of The Clewer Initiative. A 3-year project to enable 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.

The Safe Car Wash app

The  Safe Car Wash app has been developed to allow the general public to engage with the problem, it is a new tool that will enable the largest community intelligence gathering exercise ever attempted in the United Kingdom.

Download the free app onto your smartphone and then when you are using a hand car wash, simply open the app and complete a short survey about the working conditions of the car wash.

The Modern Slavery Partnership has released its strategy for 2018-2020, forwarded by Michael Lane (Police and Crime Commissioner - Serving Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton) it covers four key strategic objectives:

  • Raise awareness of modern slavery (SO1, Page 6).
  • Combat Modern slavery by working in partnership (SO2, Page 7)
    - including The Clewer Initiative.
  • Identify and support victims or modern slavery (SO3, Page 8).
  • Pursue perpetrators of modern slavery (SO4, Page 9).

On Sunday 7th April, 2019, the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab released a report on the use and effectiveness of the Safe Car Wash app since its launch. We’ve made available a summary presentation (in PowerPoint and PDF formats) for download.

The Lead Liaison for our diocese is

Rev Edwina Fennemore
Currently serving as curate at St Alban’s Church, West Leigh. Edwina is the Lead Liaison for our diocese and our link to the Clewer Initiative.


If you, are interested in becoming involved in the development, and with the implementation of the strategy, or would like more information about how you can get involved locally, please do get in touch via email.


This infographic is brought to you by Slavery in Britain - Telegraph.
This infographic is brought to you by Slavery in Britain - Telegraph.