Strategic Plan for Law Enforcement

Priority 2: To promote an improved law enforcement and criminal justice response across the UK, to support development and adoption of effective training and to drive improvements in data collection


How is this going to be achieved?


2.1 Crime reporting

2.11 Tackling the under reporting of modern slavery and the failure to record modern slavery crimes in line with national crime reporting standards.

2.12 Working with law enforcement to ensure all potential victims referred through the NRM are allocated a corresponding crime report in order to ensure that there is an associated investigation for every potential victim referred.


2.2 Training

2.21 Working with partners to ensure development and delivery of high quality training to law enforcement on modern slavery across the UK by the end of 2017.

2.22 Working with partners to ensure development and delivery of high quality training for prosecutors and the judiciary by the end of 2017.

2.23 Creation of a website portal to allow for the sharing of best practice materials for law enforcement


2.3 A targeted and focused law enforcement response

2.31 Working to ensure the newly created National Crime Agency Threat Group for Modern Slavery prioritises key issues and develops effective responses.

2.32 Establishing a national modern slavery network for Police and Crime Commissioners by the end of 2015 to drive an improved policing response.

2.33 Promoting the use of new Slavery and Trafficking Risk and Prevention Orders in the jurisdictions in which they apply and ensuring they are used effectively and appropriately.

2.34 Carrying out ‘spot checks’ of law enforcement services to affirm frontline providers have adequate knowledge of, for example, the NRM and the modern slavery helpline.


2.4 Use of cutting edge technology and modern techniques

2.41 Working with international partners and police forces in the UK to facilitate the introduction of advanced technology and techniques to enhance the law enforcement response.


2.5 Improvements in data collection

2.51 Making recommendations to prosecution services and justice departments in the UK to ensure greater clarity in the collating of statistics on modern slavery prosecutions and convictions.

2.52 Making recommendations to the National Crime Agency to ensure that its annual strategic assessment into the nature and scale of modern slavery presents a more detailed and comprehensive picture of this crime.

2.53 Ensuring the Home Office and law enforcement partners take steps to significantly improve their knowledge and profiling of the criminals behind modern slavery crime and the techniques and routes they use.


2.6 Evaluation framework to assess law enforcement response

2.61 Development of a framework by spring 2016 to assess the response of all police forces and enforcement agencies across the UK to modern slavery crime and their collation of data.

2.62 Highlighting good practice and effective levels of performance and providing advice and feedback where the response requires improvement.


How will we know that the response is improving?

  • All forces will be fully compliant with national crime reporting requirements, meaning that for every potential victim that is identified there is an associated investigation into the crime.
  • A consistent law enforcement response that reflects the seriousness and likely scale of this crime and which follows established safeguarding procedures.
  • A sustained increase in investigations, prosecutions and convictions of modern slavery offenders across the UK.
  • All law enforcement agencies to have established a programme for effective modern slavery training for delivery during 2016/2017.
  • Effective training for judges and prosecutors will be implemented, resulting in consistency in sentencing and appropriate reparation and compensation awards for victims.
  • All police forces to have included modern slavery in their policing plans and control strategies.
  • A quantifiable increase in intelligence reporting.
  • New technology projects to be trialled and introduced, which result in more effective investigations.
  • An evaluation framework of all police forces will be completed by August 2016, with the results informing an improved response.

Areas of focus

Useful Resources

Related News & Insights

News | 23 October 2018
The Modern Slavery Unit in the Home Office has launched a newsletter to keep stakeholders informed of its progress in delivering reform of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), and to share key news from its partners in their work to tackle modern slavery.
News | 22 October 2018
A new report released jointly today by the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab takes a close look at modern slavery, environmental destruction and climate change as interconnected crises. The study reveals the ways in which these three areas are intrinsically linked, strongly supporting the argument that it is vital to for them to be routinely considered as connected issues and tackled with holistic strategies.
News | 18 October 2018
A new collaborative study between experts at the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, issued on 18 Oct 2018, looks at the true extent and nature of modern slavery and human trafficking in hand car washes in the UK.
News | 15 October 2018
The Human Trafficking Foundation has today published the updated Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards, a vital resource for frontline practitioners who work with survivors. These Standards have been endorsed by Kevin Hyland OBE, the inaugural Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
News | 11 October 2018
The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office, in collaboration with the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, has today launched an online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery.
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