There are an estimated 40.3 million people living in slavery today, and the Home Office estimates that up to 13,000 of those are based in the UK. The help which councils are able to give, bolstered by the passing of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, is crucial.
Council employees are already working incredibly hard, rescuing and caring for victims while reducing the risk of repeat trauma. From the identification, referral and support of victims through to providing shelter, safeguarding and ensuring its own supply chains are slavery-free, local government is central to every facet of the slavery fight. All councils have expertise in partnership working. Whether collaborating with schools to protect children or consulting with the housing sector to keep tenants safe, many local government employees lead the way in good, diligent and professional teamwork.
This important new guide, developed by the Local Government Association and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, will help councils understand their role in addressing modern slavery.