Statement from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) on the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act final report


The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Sara Thornton, has welcomed the publication of the final report of the Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act:


“I welcome the report and that it raises many vital issues. I support the need to ensure that businesses and Government are doing all they can to exclude slavery from supply chains, the importance of providing improved support for all child victims of slavery and the importance of upholding my independence as I monitor the work of public authorities in fighting modern slavery and drive the UK’s response to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”




  • Government commissioned Frank Field MP, Maria Miller MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss to run an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to strengthen and enhance the current legislation as modern slavery evolves.
  • The reviewers have published interim findings on the role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, the transparency in supply chains provisions, Independent Child Trafficking Advocates scheme and legal application of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
  • The final report will be published on 22 May on the reviewer's website and GOV.UK: and
  • Sara Thornton was appointed the UK’s Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner in February 2019 by the Home Secretary Sajid Javid MP, and took up the role on 1 May 2019.
  • The role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner was created as one of the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Commissioner has a UK-wide remit to encourage good practice in the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of modern slavery offences and the identification of victims.
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