Coronavirus: A message from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton

 

The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Dame Sara Thornton, said:

 

“In these unprecedented circumstances, I am aware of the concern and worry of how the situation around Coronavirus may impact the essential support provided to victims and survivors of modern slavery – whether that be in safe house support, outreach, charitable activity including awareness raising and fundraising, or by frontline responders.

I would like to reiterate my support and gratitude for all those tirelessly working to provide assistance, reassurance and support to vulnerable people everywhere.

My office continues to be operational although my team is working remotely. We remain contactable through the below channels and please do not hesitate to get in touch to raise any issues or concerns you may have.

In light of the new advice around social distancing, my team will not be attending face-to-face meetings but we will endeavour to continue engagement and communications over email, phone and through our website and social media.

If anyone has immediate concerns, my advice remains to call the police on 999 if you or someone you know is in immediate danger. If you want advice please call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.

We will continue to monitor this situation and follow government advice on measures to adopt.”

 

 

Further resources and information

 

To contact the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner