Priority 1: Victim identification & care
To drive improved identification of victims of modern slavery and enhanced levels of immediate and sustained support for victims and survivors across the UK

Why victim identification & care?


Modern slavery in the UK is currently a hidden and underreported crime. While the Home Office has estimated that there were between 10,000 - 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK, in 2014 just 2,340 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism.

Victims of modern slavery often suffer from an array of serious physical and psychological health issues as a direct result of the exploitation they have been subjected to. Immediate support is paramount in making victims feel safe and secure, and protecting them from harm. Furthermore sustained support is often needed to enable long-term healing, increased resilience, reintegration into society and the rebuilding of lives.

Improving efforts to identify potential victims so that individuals can be removed from situations of exploitation, protected from further harm and referred for appropriate care is essential. Support will be most effective when it is informed and guided by survivors’ experience and expertise.

Areas of focus


Related News & Insights


News | 15 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner spoke to the Daily Mirror about modern slavery in hand car washes across the UK, and how members of the public can join the fight and spot the signs. The Daily Mirror visited 10 hand car washes and found all...
News | 11 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) is partnering with the University of Nottingham on a research project to tackle modern slavery in business supply chains.   The Global Slavery Index reports there to be 45.8 million slaves worldwide....
News | 10 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to May Bulman of the Independent on the scale of modern slavery in the UK and the need for sufficient gathering of intelligence in order to combat the crime. You can read the full article here.
News | 09 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner urges law enforcement agencies to utilise data and intelligence in order to boost the fight against modern slavery. He also calls on technology firms and businesses to play their part in order to protect children...
News | 01 August 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to Lin Taylor at Thomson Reuters about the importance of long-term support for victims and the admirable work of the Co-op and City Hearts. You can read the full article here.
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