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 March 2017
UN Security Council Debate on trafficking in persons in conflict situations: forced labour, slavery and other similar practices Remarks of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE As the United Kingdom’s first appointed Independent...
News | 08 March 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with the University of Nottingham, has launched a new research project mapping modern slavery partnerships across the UK. To combat modern slavery in the UK, a number of ‘partnerships’ have...
News | 22 February 2017
The protection of vulnerable children at risk of exploitation in forms of modern slavery is a core priority for the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE. In a written statement, the Commissioner shares his views on: Safe refuge for...
News | 17 February 2017
Last week I joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and the Ecumenical Patriarch, His All-Holiness Bartholomew of Constantinople, for a forum on modern slavery – ‘Sins Before Our Eyes’. Over two days, in the company of scholars, practitioners...
News | 16 February 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, in collaboration with The University of Nottingham, would like to map the current evidence base on contemporary slavery (including human trafficking), especially as it has an impact on the United Kingdom. The...
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