Manchester criminologists to lead new research on policing modern slavery

Criminologists at The University of Manchester are delighted to be part of a new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre dedicated to better understanding how the police and other services can prevent and reduce vulnerabilities.

The Vulnerability and Policing Futures Research Centre, led by the universities of York and Leeds, is the first of its kind to study how vulnerabilities - such as exploitation by county lines drug networks, online child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, modern slavery, mental illness and homelessness - affect policing.

Within the Centre, Prof David Gadd and Dr Rose Broad will lead a project that seeks to redefine what realistic outcomes with regard to policing modern slavery might look like and how these could encompass a preventative dimension that reduces demand on police services over the longer term.

The project aims to:

  • address the question of what kinds of reporting are genuinely useful to modern slavery investigations;
  • identify what causes the attrition between the police bringing charges for modern slavery offences and the comparatively small number of convictions;
  • and identify the key drivers of modern slavery in cases where offenders have been successfully prosecuted.

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