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 | 14 December 2017
As Commonwealth Parliamentarians gather to discuss modern slavery legislation, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks with the Thomson Reuters Foundation about the need to address slavery at source and deliver a coordinated response to the...
News | 02 December 2017
Saturday 2nd December marks the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner published a comment for the British Asian Trust blog. Read the full blog here.
News | 27 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to The Times about the growing issue of child exploitation across "county lines", as children are used as drug mules across the UK. The Times reports on dangerous drugs being supplied across the UK, the...
News | 24 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner has applauded the Evening Standard's special investigation into modern slavery, which has included coverage of convictions, pledges from leading businesses and stories of survivors. The Commissioner speaks to the...
News | 18 November 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner speaks to the New York Times on the issue of child exploitation across county lines, involving children who are trafficked to supply and sell drugs. The New York Times tells the story of a 14 year old girl who...
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