Jennie Pollock
Survivor support training event

On Friday, 22 February, the Anti-Trafficking at King's (ATAK) project in Hastings is hosting an event for all those involved in, or interested in learning more about, working with survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

The event is open to everyone, from professionals needing a refresher course on best-practice approaches, to those who want to learn more about the need and the opportunities to help.

The training is run by Lara Bundock, founder and CEO of the Snowdrop Project, recognised by the government as the best project nationwide both for support provision and for training.

What to expect:

The morning session will focus on explaining what the human trafficking and modern slavery landscape in the UK currently looks like. It will give an overview of the kinds of conditions people are kept in and what they have often been through. It will also explain current official processes and procedures, such as the National Referral Mechanism and the work done by different agencies and charities at different stages from rescue to independence.

In the afternoon the event will offer practical suggestions for befriending and supporting survivors. It will help us understand the various mental and emotional responses to their abuse that survivors may have experienced and how these can affect their approach to building new relationships in a new context. It will also look at the trauma that victims experience, and how professionals and volunteers can best work with survivors without behaving in ways that provide unhelpful echoes of the trauma they have experienced – and know what to do if a trauma response is triggered by something.

Why should you attend?

Anna Wilson, who heads up the ATAK project, attended the training with a number of volunteers last year and told us, “We felt very much equipped at the end of it. It built confidence in the volunteers and helped to ease any concerns they had.”

It will be a day of raising awareness and building confidence in those who currently work with, or want to explore working with, victims and survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery.

The training day is free, but places are limited. Online booking closes on Thursday, 14 February 2019.