Back In Control Project

We have engaged with 61 clients and helped them to regain control of their lives as of 17 Nov 2020. You can review the external evaluation via BiC interim evaluation report 17 Nov 2020

The Project was reported on by the Sunderland Echo on 18th September 2019, see:  Sunderland Echo Back in Control

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Suffering from workplace exploitation? We can help!
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In June 2019, ICOS started a project named “Back in Control” in order to identify instances of modern slavery and workplace exploitation in the Sunderland area and empower former victims to regain control of their lives. We also raise awareness of modern slavery and workplace exploitation among local organisations through seminars and outreach initiatives.

The project aims to:

  • Identify victims of modern-day slavery and take appropriate steps to end exploitative situations.
  • Individually support former victims of modern-day slavery, enabling them to become resilient and regain control of their lives.
  •  Provide former victims with improved access to employment opportunities.
  •  Improve the financial prospects for former victims.
  • Provide local organisations with the tools and knowledge to recognise workplace exploitation and modern slavery.
  •  Recruit and train new volunteers.

For more information see: Back-in-Control-Project-PowerPoint-Click to Download

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We are keen to link with local organisations to ensure that Back in Control Project reaches the people who need it most. We need you to identify people you are working with who have suffered from modern slavery, workplace exploitation and need a helping hand. Refer them to us and we will do the rest.

Please download the referral form as a pdf document to your computer by Clicking Here

Please complete this referral form with the person being referred.

GDPR Note: We collect the minimum amount of data we need, follow GDPR’s rules regarding how to store personal data and honour the rights of the individual. 

Please email your scanned completed referral form (as an attachment) to or post to 14 Foyle Street, Sunderland, SR1 1LE