Our Values

The name  Adavu is the word for a basic dance step in a form of traditional Indian dance. Each step is learned individually, before being combined into a beautiful and expressive dance; a dance made even more powerful when others join in.

Adavu’s strapline is ‘Small Steps, Transforming Lives’.  Many people find the issue of modern slavery overwhelming; the name Adavu is a reminder that whether we are victims, survivors, practitioners or community members, modern slavery is a deeply complex issue which can only be tackled one step at a time; and in collaboration.

In this light, the values of Adavu, in line with its roots in the Birmingham Methodist District, are to be a good neighbour to people in need and to challenge injustice.  The following values also underpin our work:

  • Each person has a value and dignity that comes directly from God’s creation, in God’s own image and likeness and therefore we believe modern slavery and all forms of exploitation are an affront to God’s will
  • Treating all survivors, colleagues, volunteers, partners and stakeholders with dignity and respect
  • A commitment to enabling and empowering survivors of modern slavery through a person-centred approach
  • A commitment to equality and diversity in all of our work
  • We ensure survivors are at the heart of what we do
  • We are committed to achieving the highest standards of best practice in our field of expertise

Here is the Adavu Whistleblowing Policy and Adavu Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure