Greater Manchester Anti-Trafficking Forum reappoints Causeway to coordinate regional response to exploitation

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Causeway are please to have been re-awarded the contract to coordinate the Greater Manchester Anti-Trafficking and Slavery NGO Forum.

We have successfully organised and delivered the Forum’s meetings for the past 12 months, and will continue to do so for two more years following the re-tender process.

The Forum is commissioned by Programme Challenger, Greater Manchester's partnership response to tackling serious and organised crime, including human trafficking, modern slavery, and county lines crimes.

The Forum is made up of 36 agencies that operate across the region, including Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Combined Authority, the Home Office, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit, Salvation Army, Barnardos, Medaille, St John of God, and Hope for Justice.

The aim of the NGO Forum is to bring together partners from across the region to develop relationships, share information, and coordinate survivor protection, with the goal of disrupting human trafficking, and improving services and outcomes for survivors.

Ideas and information generated at the NGO meetings, which are planned and organised by Causeway, go on to inform Programme Challenger’s strategies around tackling modern slavery across Greater Manchester, as well as improving support services for survivors.

Causeway’s CEO Helen Ball, said: “We are proud to once again be working with Programme Challenger to coordinate the Anti-trafficking and Slavery NGO Forum.

Modern slavery is an intersectional and complex human rights abuse, so it is important to have a multi-agency and collaborative approach to identifying, and strengthening support for survivors.

As experts in the field of survivor care, we are pleased to be able to play a role in bringing together a diverse range of organisations who are all passionate about fighting the scourge of human trafficking and exploitation, including the police, NGOs, faith groups, and statutory and enforcement partners. Coordinating this network has allowed us to strengthen our relationships with some incredible organisations across the region, as well as allowing others to grow and share their skills, understanding, and ideas around preventing exploitation. We are looking forward to building upon the achievements of the past year and continuing to strengthen our approach to identifying and supporting survivors of modern slavery in Greater Manchester."