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 | 30 January 2018
Today The Evening Standard and The Independent newspapers, in partnership with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, publish a report detailing the findings of their special investigation into modern slavery. The report was launched in...
News | 26 January 2018
Modern slavery and human trafficking will not be solved without a concerted effort by the private sector. Of the estimated 40 million people enslaved today, 16 million are thought to be working for companies around the world, which is why I have written...
News | 12 January 2018
The Commissioner has launched a new guide in collaboration with the Local Government Association providing an overview of the steps councils can take to understand and tackle modern slavery in their area.
News | 03 January 2018
No part of the UK is immune from the brutal abuse of modern slavery. From cities to suburbs, men, women and children are exploited in residential homes converted into brothels, factories with hazardous working conditions, farms securely surveilled and...
News | 20 December 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner spoke with the Thomson Reuters Foundation on tackling modern day slavery. The Commissioner called for a complete shift in culture in order to address the crime with the severity required. You can read the full...
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