Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner

Coronavirus Response


The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has expressed concern about the impact of Coronavirus on the provision of support to victims and survivors of modern slavery. The Commissioner is working closely with NGOs, statutory bodies and government to encourage dialogue and share information:

  • The Commissioner has written to the Home Office to raise her concerns. 
  • The Commissioner has written to the sector to clarify information on support rates for victims and survivors.
  • The Commissioner’s office has created a list of Q&As in response to queries raised at an NGO forum.
  • Actions from a meeting held between the Commissioner, Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) and NGOs on labour exploitation can be found here.

We are collating a list of resources for the sector. Please check back regularly and contact the office should you have concerns or further resources.

 

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019 - 2021


Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019 - 2021 here.

 

Call for Evidence: Use of the Modern Slavery Act’s Section 45 statutory defence


The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has closed her call for written evidence inviting anyone with practical experience and knowledge of cases involving use of the Modern Slavery Act’s Section 45 statutory defence.

Further information, please click here.

 

Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit


The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery. 

You can view the toolkit here

 

 

What is modern slavery?


Modern slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation, controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion and deception. Slavery violates human rights, denying people of their right to life, freedom and security.

 

Statutory Agencies


Recent News & Insights


News | 19 May 2020
The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (MSPEC) has launched a £300k funding call for research focused on the recovery and support needs of modern slavery victims and survivors in the immediate and longer term.
News | 05 May 2020
In an interview for Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dame Sara warns that Britain must be vigilant against human traffickers when it eases the coronavirus lockdown, warning of potential exploitation in industries such as hospitality that will be in a rush to recruit new workers.
News | 14 April 2020
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has launched a rapid evidence assessment to identify models of good practice for multi-agency decision making.
News | 09 April 2020
For victims and survivors of modern slavery in the UK, these are unsettling and frightening times. A rapidly changing public health crisis has led to fundamental changes in the way that support can be delivered to those who are vulnerable and who may have complex trauma and health needs.
News | 01 April 2020
Dame Sara welcomes Victims’ Commissioner Review on children’s experience of domestic abuse and children’s offending
News | 18 March 2020
A message to Dame Sara regarding the impact of Coronavirus on modern slavery survivors and support providers

What do I do if I think someone is a victim of modern slavery?


If you think someone is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. In order to protect the potential victim, do not attempt to inform them of your actions.

If you think someone is a potential victim but there is no immediate threat to life, please call the local police on 101.

You can also call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 24 hours a day.

If you have information you wish to give anonymously and confidentially you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See the ‘Resources’ page for more detailed guidance on how to refer a victim of modern slavery for support.

 

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