Strategic Plan for International Collaboration

Priority 5: To encourage effective and targeted international collaboration to combat modern slavery.


5.1 Targeted upstream activity

5.11 Scoping and developing proposals for prevention and collaboration projects in countries of origin from where significant numbers of victims are trafficked to the UK, and monitoring implementation of these proposals.

5.12 Focusing on collaboration with partners in the top ten countries of origin, as well as engagement with other countries that suffer disproportionately from a high incidence of modern slavery.

5.13 Working with the Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for International Development, National Crime Agency, Crown Prosecution Service and other statutory agencies, NGOs and international partners to encourage best practice in upstream prevention activity, focused on specific areas that victims are trafficked from. 5.14 Encouraging the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to research key development and vulnerability issues in specific regions.


5.2 Enhanced European collaboration

5.21 Working collaboratively with the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, the OSCE Special Representative and Coordinator for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings, national coordinators, independent rapporteurs and equivalent mechanisms, and Europol and Eurojust, to ensure an improved and coordinated European response.

5.22 Working with Eurojust, Europol and police forces across the UK to encourage effective use of Joint Investigation Teams where it is apparent that the modern slavery crime is transnational.

5.23 Working with Europol to develop training for UK police forces to ensure they are effectively utilising the agency’s tools.

5.24 Encouraging police forces across the UK to develop effective data and intelligence sharing arrangements with Europol.

5.25 Leading and supporting effective cross border collaboration between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

5.26 Providing advice and working with partners to ensure increased safeguards are in place in Calais to identify potential victims of modern slavery and ensure they receive appropriate support.


5.3 Modern slavery on the global agenda

5.31 Engaging with international organisations to ensure modern slavery receives the necessary level of priority on global agendas.

5.32 Following the Commissioner’s successful campaign to include a bespoke target to end modern slavery in the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, working with partners to ensure inclusion of appropriate indicators and to mobilise global leadership to achieve the target.

5.33 Leading and supporting the work of the Santa Marta Group, which brings together senior law enforcement chiefs, faith leaders and civil society groups from across the world to share best practice and develop practical partnership projects between countries of origin, transit and destination. Providing leadership at the Group’s 3rd Annual Conference in Madrid in October 2015 and support to associated projects.


5.4 Embedding protection measures in humanitarian responses

5.41 Promoting research into the links between humanitarian crises and modern slavery.

5.42 Working with the Department for International Development and other partners to ensure that protections against human trafficking and slavery are fully embedding into the UK’s responses to humanitarian crises.


How will we know that the response is improving?

  • Implementation of holistic prevention projects in key countries of origin, with measurement and evaluation components that demonstrate effectiveness in protecting vulnerable people from being trafficked.
  • A better coordinated European and international response that results in increased transnational investigations and prosecutions.
  • An increased number of Joint Investigation Teams set up between UK police forces and European counterparts, which result in increased prosecutions.
  • A sustained increase in intelligence and data sharing between UK law enforcement and Europol.
  • A high priority dedicated to ending modern slavery through the United Nations post-2015 development agenda, resulting in increased focus and funding for anti-slavery projects and policies across the world.
  • UK humanitarian responses to major crises to include effective protection mechanisms against slavery and trafficking.

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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