Certificate in Continuous Professional Development in Investigating Modern Slavery

Why choose this course?

As part of the drive to combat the scourge of modern slavery, the University of Derby has launched this groundbreaking training course for professionals working with labour supply chains.  

  • Enhance your skills in detecting human trafficking, forced labour and exploitation in labour supply chains
  • Learn how you can help your organisation to meet the new statutory duties set out by the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Develop techniques which will also serve you well in areas such as recruitment, performance appraisal and disciplinary interviews
  • Draw on the expertise of our experienced and enthusiastic teaching team, many of whom are former practitioners in criminal investigation
  • Study a course which is approved by – and delivered in partnership with – the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).
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Start date: Start date by negotiation

Course length: Part-time: two days attendance plus distance learning activity of variable length

Campus: University of Derby and GLA Head Office, Nottingham

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

About this course

This important course forms part of the University of Derby’s work to champion far-reaching initiatives aimed at consigning modern slavery to the history books. It is for professionals working in roles where they could potentially encounter human trafficking and bonded labour.

A vital training programme

While awareness of modern slavery – and its existence within the UK – is growing, many organisations need specialist training in how to identify and tackle the problem. This course is therefore invaluable for anyone responsible for working with labour supply chains within their business.

You will gain key skills in gathering reliable information and conducting enhanced checks to spot potential victims and ensure that your supply chains are free from labour exploitation. Our aim is to give you the confidence to assess situations and know how to act if you suspect suppliers of exploiting their workforce.

Overall, the training is designed to equip your organisation to meet the expectations set out under Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 with greater effectiveness.

It helps reassure businesses that their products and services are not delivered as a result of human slavery, reducing the risk of breakdowns within their supply chains and severe damage to their reputation.

A flexible and engaging learning experience

The course adopts a blended learning approach that involves both distance and face-to-face learning. All the material will be highly relevant to your day-to-day working practices.

You’ll be taught by a highly experienced team, including former criminal investigation practitioners. They are at the forefront of influential research into issues such as the interviewing of witnesses, victims and suspects.

Partners in a common cause

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) – which regulates businesses and protects vulnerable and exploited workers in the agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and associated processing and packaging industries – has helped develop this programme.

The training is just one element of a range of activities being undertaken by a unique anti-slavery academy set up by the University’s International Policing and Justice Institute in partnership with the GLA. The move has won the support of businesses, the church, the police and the wider community.

National accolades

Completing this training will put you and your organisation in the vanguard of anti-slavery initiatives. The Bishop of Derby, who played a pivotal role in drafting the Modern Slavery Act, praised the course in a speech in the House of Lords.

He said: “It will help businesses and the people who work for them to be trained to discern the temptations and the techniques that criminals use to infiltrate people in slavery into the supply chain. It will also help them to perform better, not just morally but more effectively, through having committed and well cared for workers. That is an example of organisations being resourced to learn by our university sector.”

In June 2016, the University also hosted a major conference – Action 2030: Ending Modern Slavery Together – where the Archbishop of Canterbury addressed business leaders on humanitarian responsibility. He concluded: “It’s a privilege to be in partnership with the University of Derby and to be involved in one of the great causes of our lifetime.”

Entry requirements

You should have a responsibility within your organisation for examining labour supply chains.

How to apply

The first stage of enrolling on the course is to register with the Gangmaster Licensing Authority.

We are currently not taking direct enrolments at the University.

Fees and finance

The fee for studying this course is £500.

How you will learn

Initially, you will study at your own pace. You’ll learn from a set of electronic materials that consist of three videos before taking part in a two-day face-to-face course. You’ll then complete a 1500-word portfolio to achieve the Certificate.

How you'll be assessed

The electronic resources provided as part of the course each consist of knowledge checks to ensure that you have understood their content. You’ll be further assessed on the two-day face-to- face course to ensure that you can demonstrate skills in gathering reliable information.

Finally, following the two-day course, you will complete a 1500-word portfolio where you’ll reflect not only on the skills you have acquired but also on how those skills will be contextualised in your working life when meeting the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Who you'll meet

You will be taught by a team of experts in different aspects of criminology, policing and justice. They include:

  • Dr Dave Walsh, world renowned expert in investigative interviewing. His research interests include the interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects.
  • Tony Blockley, a former Chief Superintendent with Derbyshire Constabulary. His research interests include crime investigation, risk assessment and management, and protection of vulnerable people.

Careers and employability

This course will contribute to your professional development within your current role, setting you apart as a forward-thinking and proactive individual and enhancing your promotion prospects.

The knowledge you develop will add an extra dimension to your skills portfolio in a field which is growing in importance and profile. The techniques we cover on the course will also serve you well in other areas of work such as recruitment, performance appraisal or disciplinary interviews.

What our students say

“We’re delighted to have been involved in the scheme’s development. This is a unique opportunity to be trained by the professionals.” Nigel Jenney, CEO of Fresh Farm Produce

Contact details

Course leader: Dr Dave Walsh

Gangmasters Licensing Authority
E: academy@gla.gsi.gov.uk

Where will I study?

University of Derby and GLA Head Office, Nottingham