The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has today launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery.
Across the UK, local authority departments, law enforcement agencies and charities have come together to form anti-slavery partnerships to address the crime of slavery. Such partnership working is crucial to addressing modern slavery and has numerous benefits. However, it also has its challenges.
Research undertaken by the IASC and the Rights Lab in 2017 showed that anti-slavery partnership work was developing across the UK, however it lacked consistency and resources. It also found there to be a lack of monitoring and evaluation of partnership activity and limited understanding of what constituted good practice.
This toolkit has been developed in response to this research; to help guide practitioners through the sharing of resources and good practice examples, to inspire action and prevent duplication.
The toolkit is a free online web resource which includes:
- A partnership checklist – to help organisations to review their needs and highlight relevant resources available on the website
- A governance library – a library of sample documentation that can be used by different agencies to help formalise partnership working
- Downloadable resources – information to help with partnership working, such as how to plan an awareness campaign, engaging with different partners, or reviewing survivor care plans
- Reports and legislations – a collection of up-to-date legislation and guidance
- A UK Training Library – access to free training resources
You can view the toolkit here: https://iasctoolkit.nottingham.ac.uk/#
We are grateful to the numerous partnerships and practitioners who have contributed to the development of the toolkit and have given permission for their resources to be shared. If you have resources that you would like to contribute, please contact us through the toolkit here.