Project Solebay – Risk Assessment for Modern Slavery Response

Developing risk assessment methodologies and tools to enable the UK military response to modern slavery



In 1808, HMS Solebay was the first British ship to be part of the anti-slavery operation patrolling the African Atlantic coast to halt the Atlantic slave trade.

Today, in 2018, the project Solebay will develop risk assessment tools for the UK military to support them in responding to modern slavery. In response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the MOD is establishing the requirement for a counter slavery capability and is formalising a strategic response.

The Global Slavery Index suggests the UK military operates among at least 2 million enslaved people. However, the military currently has no way to identify or understand that risk, of which this project seeks to respond.



1. To develop and validate with experts, a strategic risk identification and risk assessment methodology that considers risk from the perspective of the individual and the impact of wider societal factors to understand the potential threat, risk and harm.

2. Develop a cloud-based version of the risk identification and assessment tool to enable future analytics of identified persons/locations and (related) assessment variables to derive insights into patterns and trends in modern slavery abroad.



* Risk assessment methodology

Project Solebay report: Considerations for a UK Military-based approach to Assessing the Risk of Modern Slavery

* A video demonstration of the cloud-based version of the risk assessment tool and open data insights on modern slavery abroad.

Research Highlights

Read here some insights into human trafficking and modern slavery in areas affected by armed conflicts.


The Project Solebay is one of a number of Projects funded under the UK Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) – Open Call.


Please contact our team for more information:

Hayley Watson – Project Manager

Hayley Watson

Julia Muraszkiewicz – Research Manager


Toby Fenton – Research Analyst

Toby Fenton

Graham Hesketh – Data Scientist 

Graham Hesketh

Giuseppe Maio – Data Analyst

Giuseppe Maio