City Hearts sign Pregnancy Loss Pledge

All City Hearts staff who experience pregnancy loss, will now have access to trained support staff and paid time off, thanks to a new company policy. After reading about the Miscarriage Association’s Pregnancy Loss Pledge, which asks organisations to create specific policies to support staff experiencing miscarriage, City Hearts signed the pledge, and wrote a new policy that ensures all …

Sofa to Summit is back!

City Hearts’ annual fundraising challenge for survivors of Modern Slavery is back, and we need YOU to get involved! Last year our supporters raised an incredible £30,000 towards a new Restoration Hub by tackling a virtual ‘Sofa to Summit’ climb up Kilimanjaro, where they had two weeks in which to walk or run 56 miles. This year we’re keeping things …

Ukrainian refugees face risk of sex trafficking, domestic servitude and forced labour.

Concerns are growing for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine after figures have emerged showing a huge increase in online searches for ‘Ukrainian escorts’ and ‘Ukrainian porn’. Around 90% of people fleeing the Russian invasion of Ukraine are women and girls, as well as large amounts of unaccompanied minors. Whilst the majority of people offering assistance at the border are …

City Hearts welcomes plans to eradicate modern slavery from NHS supply chain

Earlier this month, as part of new amendments to the Health and Care Bill, the House of Lords proposed new clauses that urged the government to take more robust measures to make sure its NHS supply chains were free from exploitation. The proposed clauses state that: The Secretary of State must carry out a review into the risk of slavery …

Police report recommends focus on crime prevention

Following its successful collaboration with Violence Reduction Units in both South Yorkshire and Merseyside, City Hearts welcomes the findings of a new report that analyses policing in the UK, and that has called for more focus on the prevention of crime, rather than just dealing with its aftermath. The report – A NEW MODE OF PROTECTION: Redesigning policing and public safety …

Deferred prosecution scheme celebrates helping 100 clients in 12 months

A scheme run by City Hearts and Merseyside Police that aims to help first time offenders avoid prosecution is celebrating helping 100 clients in its first 12 months. The Merseyside Deferred Prosecution Scheme (MDPS) is a four-month-long ‘offender management programme’ that was created to help offenders avoid prosecution by addressing some of the underlying issues that led to them being …

Donations of chocolate eggs means a sweet Easter for City Hearts clients.

Ethical chocolate brand Tony’s Chocolonely have donated hundreds of Easter eggs to the slavery survivors living in our safe houses. Tony’s Chocolonely, who aim to keep their chocolate supply chain 100% slave free, regularly donate chocolate to City Hearts’ clients, and this month have donated 150 Easter eggs, which will be given to all our safe house clients and their …

Ramadan Mubarak to our colleagues, clients, and supporters.

MEET THE TEAMS- Ramadan Special! Rukhsana Haleem is City Hearts’ Safeguarding Lead, and is also kept busy in her roles as a magistrate, Rotherham Town Councillor, and chair of the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel. She also has three children, and is now toying with the idea of studying for a degree in her spare time! She says she …