Priority 1: To drive improved identification of victims of modern slavery and enhanced levels of immediate and sustained support for victims and survivors across the UK
How is this going to be achieved?
1.1 Victim Identification
1.11 Providing independent feedback on the implementation of the piloting of the reformed National Referral Mechanism, highlighting any concerns and drawing attention to good practice to ensure consistent and credible decision making and the development of a process that meets victims’ needs.
1.12 Collaboration with the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration to ensure that appropriate training and checks are in place for border and immigration officials to be better equipped to identify potential victims and suspected traffickers.
1.13 Collaboration with public authorities and health agencies across the UK to ensure that appropriate victim identification training is in place.
1.14 Promoting awareness raising and training for local authorities, the health sector and relevant statutory agencies and reviewing associated materials across the UK.
1.15 Working with the Home Office and external partners to ensure that the UK has a fit for purpose modern slavery helpline that encourages proactive reporting and which is effective in helping potential victims to access appropriate support and assistance.
1.16 Encouraging implementation of effective safeguards and policies to better protect potential victims employed as domestic workers from abuse and to encourage identification, reporting and the accessing of support.
1.2 Safeguarding of child victims
1.21 Establishing close working relationships with the Children’s Commissioners for England and Wales and the Commissioners for Children and Young People for Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure collaborative focus on modern slavery issues.
1.22 Focusing on implementation of improved safeguards to prevent trafficked children from going missing from care and ensuring appropriate reporting procedures are in place if trafficked children do go missing.
1.23 Working with partners on development of toolkits for foster carers of trafficked children.
1.3 Non-prosecution of victims
1.31 Promoting the use of the statutory defence for modern slavery victims who are compelled to commit an offence as a direct consequence of their enslavement to ensure that victims are not criminalised. To date there have been far too many unacceptable instances where trafficked adults and children have been misidentified as offenders and subsequently prosecuted.
1.4 Improved care and support for victims
1.41 Identifying best practice in victim care across the UK and internationally and promoting implementation of findings.
1.42 Partnering with the Human Trafficking Foundation to encourage adoption and implementation of the Trafficking Survivor Care Standards across the UK.
1.43 Encouraging implementation of recommendations for improved longer-term support and reintegration of survivors into society.
1.45 Working to ensure that victims transitioning into other services, including asylum, continue to receive appropriate support.
1.46 Establishment of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Victims’ Commissioner to agree on effective collaboration which is focused on the needs of modern slavery victims in England and Wales.
1.5 Safe and preferable voluntary return for survivors
1.51 Working to understand and promote best practice in safe and preferably voluntary return for survivors.
How will we know that the response is improving?