The Church's Response to Modern Slavery

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On  September 17th people from across Cheshre joined together at Chester Cathedral to sign a pledge statement and pray for those caught up in the tragedy of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

The mayors of Cheshire East and Cheshire West, local councillors, the High Sheriff and the Bishop of Chester were present. The congregation heard from groups working against slavery includng the preacher, Major Kathryn Taylor from the Salvation Army, local hubs, Ethical Supply chains and Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network.

Bishop Peter Forster, along with other church leaders, signed the pledge statement below. It said:

The Church leaders of Cheshire welcome this strategy to fight this evil in our midst and commend those within the churches of Cheshire:

  • To use all appropriate opportunities to promote amongst their congregations and denominations awareness of the signs of modern slavery;
  • To understand the ways in which concerns can be reported to the relevant statutory bodies;
  • To ensure that safeguarding guidelines, procedures and training take account of concerns in respect of modern slavery
  • To explore the development of ‘Hubs of Concern’ around Cheshire to promote awareness within their local communities;
  • To explore how the facilities and people of the churches might be offered and used to support those in the process of recovery.
  • To be mindful of the possibilities of modern slavery at play within the services and goods they buy and to use their decisions and purchasing power to combat this

Please pray for the work of the Salvation Army and all those raising awareness in your church.