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 | 17 October 2017
Following the launch of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's 2017 Annual Report, the Commissioner spoke to the Evening Standard on the impact of the media and the success of their special investigation into modern slavery.  The Commissioner also...
News | 16 October 2017
Today the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner launched his Annual Report, detailing activities in the anti-slavery fight since October 2016. The Report covers work under his 5 priority areas - Victim identification and care Law enforcement and...
News | 16 October 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's 2017 Annual Report reveals that police forces have improved their response to the crime of modern slavery. Police Professional reports on the Commissioner's bi-annual data request, revealing that crime records...
News | 11 October 2017
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner provided the Independent with indicators of modern slavery. An investigation was carried out and found that exploitation is rife in car washes across London. You can read the full article here.  
News | 27 September 2017
Once upon a time, a trip to the local car wash involved buying a token, driving into a fixed machine and sitting patiently while two large, colourful brushes whizzed back and forth until the vehicle was clean.   Nowadays, it is more likely to comprise a...
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