Author: westmidl

Modern Slavery: A council guide

  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 Read More …

WMASN Newsletter December 2017

  This year has again seen us all achieve so much including the production of a Pan West Midlands Modern Slavery Policy and Procedure, a MS Table top Exercise and a MS Conference on Anti-Slavery Day.   Moreover, all network members have consistently enhanced the response to the many aspects of modern slavery and we Read More …

Modern slavery and public health

The role of public health in addressing modern slavery has not been fully articulated in the UK. A new briefing from Public Health England has addressed this gap by asking: 1. What is the case for public health engagement in addressing modern slavery? 2. What are the components of a ‘public health approach’ to modern Read More …

Attitudes to the National Referral Mechanism for identifying modern slavery victims

The new briefing from leading children’s rights organisation, ECPAT UK, shows the results of their survey into professionals’ attitudes towards the UK’s current framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), specifically in regard to children’s cases. The online survey was sent to frontline practitioners working with children Read More …

17 Types of Modern Slavery Offences in the UK: Home Office Report October 2017

Modern slavery is an umbrella term that encompasses the offences of human trafficking and slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, as set out in the different anti‑slavery legislation in place in the four UK countries (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Modern slavery frequently involves multiple victims, offenders and places, and it is often hidden Read More …