Modern Slavery Awareness

Modern Slavery in the twenty first Century.


Mothers’ union members throughout the UK have become the eyes and ears, using the Apps for car washes, nail bars and now Rural issues to inform of suspicious practices. Some dioceses have dedicated officers paid for by MU and some have safe houses where MU assists in the rehabilitation of victims.

The Clewer Initiative is a project that enables the Church of England and its wider networks to develop strategies to detect modern day slavery in their communities. They can then help provide victim support and care. This involves working with the Church locally to identify resources already available to be utilised. Also, there is a focus on developing partnerships with others and thus creating a wider network of advocates seeking to end modern slavery.

On a more national level the initiative is developing a network of practitioners who are committed to sharing models of best practice and providing evidence-based data to resource the Church’s national engagement with Government, statutory and non-statutory bodies. 

The initiative forms part of the Church of England’s approach to eradicating modern slavery and is funded by the Clewer Sisters. The Clewer sisters are an Anglican order of Augustinian nuns founded in 1852 to help marginalised, mainly young women, who found themselves homeless and drawn into the sex trade, by providing them shelter and teaching them a trade.