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126   UNSEEN UK   Anti-Slavery Charity

126 UNSEEN UK Anti-Slavery Charity

Rachel Collins-White is the Head of Frontline Services at Unseen UK, an anti-slavery charity. She is responsible for the delivery of the Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract through their specialist support services. Unseen is a UK charity based in Bristol who provide safehouses and support in the community for survivors of trafficking and modern slavery. Unseen also runs the UK Modern Slavery & Exploitation Helpline and works with individuals, communities, business, governments, other charities, and statutory agencies to stamp out slavery for good.

Rachel has worked with on the frontline with various charities in the last 10 years, supporting the most vulnerable to access support needed to promote independence. Having joined Unseen in 2018, Rachel is responsible for the support provided at 2 safehouses and to survivors based in the community across the Southwest. To date, Unseen have supported 189 women at their women’s safehouse, 79 men at their men’s safehouse and over 385 survivors in the community. This work also includes safeguarding responsibilities, service improvement and collating evidence learnt from service delivery to inform system change.

We talk of the increasing awareness by bodies such as Unseen of the risks that vulnerable children and adults have to endure and the nightmare many end up in.

In concert with many world wide NGOs, charities, law enforcement and statutory bodies focussing on anti-slavery, UNSEEN has acumulated much experience and success although they would say that the task is great still.

Visit their site and take what information you can to help their work.


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125  S.I.L.P. Training     Donna Ohdedar

125 S.I.L.P. Training Donna Ohdedar

Donna has 16 years public sector experience, including her last role as Head of Law for a leading metropolitan authority. Now a safeguarding adviser & trainer, Donna is involved in serious case reviews in both children’s and adults’ safeguarding, domestic homicide and is a SILP Reviewer and Mentor. S.I.L.P. stands for Single Incident Learning Process.. Donna offers ‘SILP School’ her university accredited training course, CPD for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice. She is also the host of the SILP School Podcast. S.I.L.P.Training is now an established process.

We talk of accountability in social care and recognise the power of reviews to make change happen. We agree on learning from the range of activit and issues raised in reviews and the negativity of default deficit thinking.

\Some reports are too long for what’s required and a rapid review can, when appropriate, deliver suitable learning recommendations that can bolster public confidence.—which took us on to the responsibilit of the safeguarding professions to find better ways to show the mainstream media all the vast amount of good work going on–just to balance the cases that result in serious injury or death–in fact it’s only the criminal cases that command space.

Changes could include an improvement in the number of reviews that contain the voice of the family–in 2021 one third of children’s reviews didn’t include this.

Now there are over 70 people who have undertaken  S.I.L.P.Training. These include child protection professionals from Health, Social Work and police with a couple of lawyers there too.

All details of Donna and her work are on the links below



Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Sector Podcast:


The research that Donna mentioned in the podcast can be found here:

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124  Christina Gabbitas ‘No more knives’

124 Christina Gabbitas ‘No more knives’

‘No more knives’ by Christina Gabbitas is a book and animation for 10 yr old +  primary children educating them about how to avoid grooming,county lines and knife crime. A valuable addition to safeguarding resources.

Today I am happy to be back after the Winter break and Christina’s work is always worthwhile. She talks of the professional relationships she’s formed with several police forces and police and crime commissioners.

Christina Gabbitas is an award-winning children’s author who has encouraged many children nationally with an annual poetry initiative, giving her a Dame Beryl Bainbridge award in 2015 for her work and Sue Ryder Education Award in 2016. Founder and Trustee of Children’s Literature Festivals  whose mission is to give children from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities an equal opportunity of having access to books to realise the power of reading not just educationally but socially and emotionally too.Christina received a Mayoral Award for Services to Children’s Literature and Child Protection, and was made an Honorary Member of the NSPCC Council for the work that she has undertaken in safeguarding children. Christina’s book Share Some Secrets was awarded a national book prize in 2019, and the publication is now encouraging children to speak out and being recognised globally. The animation resource and publication is being utilised in some PCC’s child exploitation toolkits.

In addition Christina’s more recent work has been visiting primary and secondary schools with Humberside Police, Funded by Humberside Police & Crime Commissioners Office and  North Yorkshire Police, Funded by North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioners Office, educating children and young people about the signs of grooming, the harnful effects of taking drugs, county lines and the consequences of carrying knives.

Christina wrote a story from an initial commission by Police & Crime Commissioners Office in Humberside where she produced a story to help educate children on the dangers of being groomed into County Lines and being involved with knife crime.  The partnership also included a writing initiative with children aged 10+

The story was converted into an animated format that she has been using within her sessions working with PCSO’s and Police Officers.

Schools Feedback.  Check what’s been said.



Children perspective


The situation in Ukraine is beyond  belief. The flood of vulnerable refugees that include so many lone children. Agencies such as Missing Children Europe are struggling to respond. They are doing great work with limited resources and our thoughts are with them.

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