Suspect someone is a victim of modern slavery? Call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700 or report online here. If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.


RUSI report of Disrupting Human Trafficking: The role of financial insitutions

The Royal United Services Institute has released a report on the role of financial institutions in disrupting human trafficking and makes for an excellent read for anyone interested in Modern Slavery. Click here.


West Midlands Health Engagement event on Modern Slavery

A joint event was held on 15th November 2016 at Public Health Offices, Birmingham. It was a fantastic and informative event including awareness raising, sharing good practice, identifying current gaps and agreeing on actions to address these in order to tackle modern slavery in the region.

Click Here for the Public Health England report of the event, including links to the presentations given on the day.


Report into Modern Slavery and Homelessness

The Independent Anti Slavery Commissioner’s Office, in conjunction with The Passage, have released a report into understanding and responding to modern slavery and homelessness. Read it here


Anti Slavery Commissioner’s letter to MP Sarah Newton


On 20th January 2017 the Anti-Slavery Commissioner has published his letter to Minister Sarah Newton MP calling for radical change and reform to the National Referral Mechanism. In the letter the Commissioner has provided recommendations for improvement in identification, referral and support of victims of modern slavery in the UK.

You can read the full letter here.


IOM Return and Reintegration Projects for Victims of Trafficking


Summary of IOM Voluntary Return and Reintegration Assistance Projects for Victims of Trafficking


The article above gives an overview of IOM’s counter-trafficking projects offering return and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking identified in the UK. The projects vary slightly but generally provide pre-departure assistance (arrangement and payment of return travel and travel documents), travel assistance in the UK and country of destination through to short and long term assistance including accommodation and psychosocial support.


They also offer ad hoc return and reintegration assistance to victims of trafficking wishing to voluntarily return to other countries both EEA and Non- EU. IOM’s country offices have well established connections with local NGOs so please do get in contact if you have an enquiry regarding return and reintegration assistance to a country that is not included on the list.


It is highlighted that to receive support through these projects the victim of trafficking does not necessarily need to have a positive Conclusive Grounds decision. In some cases a statement from the police or supporting NGO stating that they believe the individual to be a victim of trafficking is sufficient to receive support through these projects – each case is reviewed individually and decisions made on a case by case basis.


Before assisting in the return of a victim of trafficking IOM complete a risk management assessment and plan (if necessary) coordinating with IOM country offices, NGOs and law enforcement in both the UK and country of destination. The process can take between a few days and a couple of weeks to complete. Unfortunately IOM are unable to assist in the provision of support in the UK pre-return or during the NRM decision making stages.


Please contact


Catherine Cullen, Counter-Trafficking Project Assistant (overseeing IOM Assisted Voluntary Return Programmes)

0207 811 6077 (counter-trafficking mailbox)

IOM Main Office

0207 811 6000


WMASN Newsletter


We have produced our first network newsletter with updates from our events, partners and modern slavery info. This instalment includes a short article on our Victim’s Journey Conference held to mark Anti-Slavery Day on October 18th, a piece by Public Health England and their contribution to the fight against modern slavery and much more information. Click on the link below to have a read.

WMASN Newsletter 2016


Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner


The UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s office has launched its website and blog. Take a look here:


New MSc in Safeguarding at Birmingham City University


The PGCert/PGDip/MSc programme in Safeguarding is designed for multi-disciplinary professionals from social care, health, police, education, voluntary and charitable organisations, private hospitals and other organisations with an interest in safeguarding children, young people and adults.


This programme aims to equip students with an up to date, in-depth knowledge, understanding and critical awareness of the legal, ethical, and practice issues which underpin practice in both adult, young people and child safeguarding, while critically analysing the wider safeguarding agendas with an emphasis on applying theory and learning in order to enhance professional practice.
You can choose to do a standalone module through to the full MSc all part time.
For more information please contact Pippa Waterman, Programme Director at and have a look online here


Updates from the Network – 16 June 2014


The network continues to grow and is now aligned to the West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (ROCU) Modern Day Slavery Threat Group, chaired by the NCA. We have recently welcomed a number of new members including the Black Country Housing Association. The latest member to join us is Simon Jennings representing Business in the Community. This is an exciting step forward for the network as it now brings on board business and industry, something we have tried to achieve for a long while. As well as benefiting businesses in the West Midlands it will also benefit Network members in terms of understanding how industry works and how trafficking can feature within it, especially labour exploitation.


We also hope to have the RSPCA joining us soon, another organisation that has recently seen the benefits of its staff being aware of the issues of trafficking and how they may be in a position to identify potential victims of trafficking in their day-to-day work.


Building upon our knowledge of trafficking, one of our members from Worcester University gave a presentation on trafficking from Romania, which included an input on the Roma communities. Both presenters were from Romania, which added huge value to the overall excellent event.


Written by Kerry Scarlett


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