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Project information

Rebuilding Children’s Lives After Modern Slavery

This Christmas, 350 children of modern slavery victims will be supported by Hestia after surviving unimaginable trauma in their short lives.
Practical and emotional support will change their lives, rebuild the bond with their mother, support them back to school and help them reclaim their childhood

December 2018 - March 2019

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  • Need


    During enslavement, mum and child are often kept apart by their traffickers. This has a terrible effect on the parent-child bond.
    Children have witnessed the horrific violence experienced by their mums leaving them traumatised. These children have often been kept out of school for years.
    Surviving on £55 a week places huge strain on mums, leaving them unable to provide for their children. These mothers are vulnerable to retrafficking as they can feel there is no other way to support their kids


    We be will helping to address the practical and emotional needs of children:

    Infant health: providing the essentials that babies need in the first months of life

    Supporting children in school: providing necessary equipment and uniform

    Repairing the parent-child bond: giving opportunities for mums and children to go on local trips

    By providing this support, we are reducing the potential for the mothers to become re-trafficked as they become more confident in their ability to cope with life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To support mums freed from modern slavery to nurture happy, health babies


    » Provide necessities like formula milk, calpol and other equipment for infants
    » Providing health babyfood
    » Providing a "new mum" basket of baby clothes and toiletries

    What success will look like

    Observation of staff and volunteers as well as feedback from mums regarding the health of their baby and impact of items donated to them through this project

    Aim 2

    Supporting children to prosper at schools


    » Providing equipment and uniform for children
    » Helping to pay for school trips so children of modern slavery victims are not left out
    » Empower mums to support their children's learning (incl. catching up from prior missed years of schooling while parents were in exploitation)

    What success will look like

    The number of children of school age enrolled for school who are regularly attending and with the relevant uniform and equipment

    Aim 3

    Rebuilding the mother-child bond


    » Organising local trips where mums and children can spend quality time together
    » Joint participation in well-being sessions (including Healing Through Yoga and art therapy sessions).
    » Bus fare to and from activities

    What success will look like

    Feedback from parent and child after 3 months of support given self assessed views on the impact of the project and the quality time they are supported to have together

  • Impact


    The long term change the project will bring about is an improvement in the life chances of children whose mothers have been victims of modern slavery.

    Often when mothers feel they cannot provide for their child they become more vulnerable to re-trafficking. By reducing the emotional and financial burden on mothers who are often close to destitute we will not only improve the quality of life of women and children but also reduce the likelihood of women being retrafficked.


    Due to the terrible experiences of many mothers in our modern slavery service, they often have significant trust issues. Persuading those in greatest need that there are no strings to this support for their children could be challenging. We will enlist the support of mothers already receiving support to speak to new mums and reassure them.

    There may be more demand for this support than we can meet so there will be a maximum on the value of support each individual can receive.


    We will collect data on the number of mums and children supported and case studies on the impact on the lives of these families. These case studies will be anonymised in order to maintain the safety of families and then published on our website and to donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £9,000 Baby nurture items Formula milk, nappies, calpol, other baby equipment
      £6,000 School support Contributions towards school equipment, papers, pens, books, uniform, school trips etc
      £5,000 Mum and child bonding Costs of travel and entry for local trips e.g. to seaside or the zoo to rebuild family bond
  • Background


    Hestia’s support service for victims of modern slavery started in 2011 and we supported over 900 victims last year.

    Currently, we provide 5 safe houses in London and Kent for victims who are deemed at greatest risk of being found by criminal trafficking gangs.

    We also provide community based outreach for the majority of service users who live in rented accommodation in every borough of London with the exception of the City Of London.


    Women who have been freed from modern slavery and their children will be the beneficiaries of this project. The vast majority of these women will have been forced into sexual exploitation and then come to our service either pregnant or with a new born baby.

    There is no single profile of a mother in this situation - they come from dozens of countries around the world. They are traumatised and have next to nothing to live on when they present to our service for the first time.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hestia is the largest provider of support for victims of modern slavery in England. We have worked with victims of modern slavery since 2011 and last years supported over 900 individuals.
    Our team of 50+ specialist advocates support the majority of victims of modern slavery in London and know the barriers our service users face while recovering from unimaginably traumatic experiences.

    This project is a result of service user requests for more support and opportunities for their children

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ella Read

    Ella is the area manager for our modern slavery service. She manages teams of advocates who provide support for freed victims who access our services

    Hekate Papadaki

    Hekate is responsible for developing new ways of helping victims of slavery. She's getting both the general public and companies to support victims.