Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2021-2022

Read the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Annual Report 2021-2022 here.


Preventing trafficking risks for Ukrainian refugees

Ukrainians Welcome is a joint initiative by UK anti-slavery and human rights organisations. Its aim is to provide helpful information to displaced Ukrainians arriving in the UK, with a view to making their lives easier and keeping them safe. The site is funded by the Freedom Fund.


It contains a directory of information on where you can find support in the UK if you are Ukrainian and have been displaced because of the conflict. The content can be available in English, Ukrainian and Russian languages.


Information and guidance for Ukrainians arriving in the UK can be found on GOV.UK. It also includes specific information for those arriving on the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

Welcome: a guide for Ukrainians arriving in the UK - GOV.UK (

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Read the former Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner's Strategic Plan 2019-2021 here.


What is modern slavery?

Modern slavery is an umbrella term encompassing slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Victims of modern slavery are unable to leave their situation of exploitation, controlled by threats, punishment, violence, coercion and deception. Slavery violates human rights, denying people of their right to life, freedom and security.


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Recent News & Insights

News | 11 October 2023
Eleanor Lyons, the current Deputy Children’s Commissioner, has been selected to take up the role of Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
News | 22 February 2023
New research published today calls for the government to revisit a manifesto pledge to establish a Single Enforcement Body (SEB) and transform the fragmented labour enforcement system in the UK.
News | 01 May 2022
The office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner is currently in an interim period as we await the appointment of a new commissioner.
News | 29 April 2022
Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton has today published a report which examines the risks and drivers of labour exploitation in the construction sector.
News | 29 April 2022
IASC publishes a paper on responses from permanent secretaries on goods subject to US Import bans
News | 28 April 2022
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What do I do if I think someone is a victim of modern slavery?

If you think someone is in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. In order to protect the potential victim, do not attempt to inform them of your actions.

If you think someone is a potential victim but there is no immediate threat to life, please call the local police on 101.

You can also call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700 24 hours a day.

If you have information you wish to give anonymously and confidentially you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

See the ‘Resources’ page for more detailed guidance on how to refer a victim of modern slavery for support.


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