Part 4 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 sets out the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner. The Commissioner's role is to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of slavery and human trafficking offences, as well as in the identification of victims.
The Commissioner is accountable through her strategic plan and annual reports, which the Secretary of State lays before Parliament, setting out the extent to which objectives and priorities are achieved.
As we await the appointment of an Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner a reduced office will continue to monitor modern slavery sector activity and developments, attend key meetings and maintain existing relationships. In the absence of a commissioner, IASC staff attending meetings or engaging with stakeholders will have no remit to provide views or take on or contribute to new work.