This follows on from training last year, which saw people from agencies across Lancashire take part in the sessions that help professionals spot the signs of modern slavery.
These further sessions, the first which takes place Friday 26th February, will build on this success and help ensure as many people as possible have the chance to engage with the training and utilise this in their job roles and ultimately, potentially help a victim get the support they need.
The training, funded by Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw, is usually delivered as part of an interactive play, which the theatre company delivers to a live audience. With the pandemic still ongoing the training will again be run digitally to ensure it still reaches those it needs to.
These three sessions are being funded following the Commissioner’s successful application to the modern slavery small grants fund.
Mr Grunshaw said:
“Tackling modern day slavery is a key priority for us here in Lancashire and it needs a multi-agency approach to help the vulnerable victims we know are out there.
“It’s great that we are able to deliver this type of training digitally, so that this work can continue despite the challenges we continue to facing during the pandemic.
“By ensuring that professionals can spot the signs and know where to go for support we can help victims to break free and bring offenders to justice.”
Sion Hall, Chair of the Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership added: “Modern day slavery is a terrible crime that robs those affected of their freedom and dignity.
“By working together and training professionals we are continuing to ensure that we keep the issue at the forefront of people’s minds so that they can recognise it when they come across it and take appropriate action.”