Meeting on 15 June 2015

Human Trafficking Foundation

Advisory Forum 15th June 2015

MINUTES

 

1.Welcome by the Chair

Paul Jackson, Trustee and Treasurer of the HTF, opened the meeting by welcoming the audience. Duly noted- Mr Anthony Steen was awarded CBE in Queen’s birthday honours. Introduced Tatiana Jardan as the new Director of the Foundation and Chair of the Advisory Forum meeting.

 

2.Updates on Parliament

New Modern Slavery Act – received Royal Assent on 26th of March 2015.

APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery is in process of being reconvened – MP re-elections. AGM planned for 30 of June.

TJ: Introduced the new Head of Home Office Unit – Mr. Offer Stern-Weiner. Contact details: Offer.Stern-Weiner@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk ; 020 7035 0558.

Introduction by Mr Stern-Weiner: Home Office is keen to continue work of previous Parliament, particularly on strategy and the NRM review. The Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, and the Minister for Modern Slavery, Karen Bradley MP, are highly committed to this important work – to make the UK hostile for traffickers and supporting victims. The focus is now on the implementation in the next 12-24 months. Congratulations to the HTF and others who worked jointly on the development of the Trafficking Survivor Care Standards – important tool.

3.Announcements by Forum members

Peter Stanley: Book ‘Fighting Slavery – Faith in Action’ – can be bought on Amazon. All profits go to charities to fight modern slavery and support victims

Dennis Long: HERA 2015 course – still interviewing and accepting referrals – second programme also later in the year. Recruiting mentors. Please contact for further details.

Major Anne Read from the Salvation Army added that there is a possibility to cover the living and transportation cost for victims.

Meenal Sachdev: SHIVA Foundation is implementing a new  hotel management training programme in collaboration with Unseen. Also looking at a local authority/council level awareness and activity re human trafficking. New web-site launched: http://www.shivafoundation.org.uk/

Leila Segal introduced Voice for Freedom project and offered of joined up working with her programme (particularly in London).

Jess Gealer from the Medaille Trust: Introduced new multi-agency partnership in Hampshire and Isle of Wight, which is funded by PCC and Medaille. Jess is full time coordinator for next 12 months and point of contact. Launch late July/early August. Training sessions for agencies to be held.

Prof. Gary Craig is co-convening Forced Labour Monitoring Group – funding Joseph Rowntree Foundation for series of seminars focusing on research/policy in practice. It will also look into potential ‘gaps’ in MS Act. If would like to be on mailing list/make contribution – e-mail Gary Craig G.Craig@hull.ac.uk.

Jill Robinson: Flourish NI – a charity in Northern Ireland that provides follow on support outside statutory contracts for both male and female survivors of human trafficking. Have provided assistance to 14 survivors. Training performed jointly with Lara Bundock from the Snowdrop Project and Robin Brierley.

Adam Hundt, Deighton Pierce Glynn solicitors informed about a Supreme Court judgment on 13th May 2015  which states that in deciding whether a homeless applicant is vulnerable, councils should compare them to an ‘ordinary person’ rather than an ‘ordinary homeless person’, as was previously. https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2013-0234-press-summary.pdf

Malcolm Egner: Dalit Freedom Network in partnership with Liverpool slavery Museum is putting up an exhibition ‘Broken Lives: Slavery in modern India’ from 26th of June 2015 – need help spreading the word.

TJ on behalf of Caryne Chapman Clarke: MARGINAL VOICES SHOWCASE EVENT AT RICH MIX IN SHOREDITCH: a one-off theatre performance at Rich Mix in Shoreditch on 20th September, at 7:00pm. The event will feature 3 original solo pieces performed by 3 members of Marginal Voices. Each piece is inspired by the women’s personal stories, touching on their past and emphasising how they have moved forward in their lives. Following the performances, there will be a Q&A.

4.Presentation and Q&A with Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC), Kevin Hyland OBE

Speech by IASC – ATTACHMENT

Q&A

Gary Craig – judiciary: current lack of knowledge (indicators etc) – training poor or non-existent – are there arrangements in place for training?

IASC – working with Bar Society and International Law Society and others for training programme, including judges.

Phil Ishola – re ‘anti-discrimination’ reference – child trafficking: rights of child?

IASC – pilots – initial ‘results’ proving positive. Work with airlines and border force (unaccompanied minors etc). Also needs a focus from law enforcement – proactive policing (around begging etc).

Chloe Setter, ECPAT UK – 1) local authorities and children – not enough input from LAs. Engagement isn’t there. No mandatory training for social workers etc. 2) Will the NRM be on statutory footing? Understood from pilots that it would not be.

IASC – A lot of work needs to be done re raising awareness amongst Local Authorities. The commissioner has endorsed a film to raise the professional curiosity of public authority staff in the South East. The film will be included in training sessions for LAs. IASC will be meeting with chief executives as a start.

Offer Stein-Weiner explained – The Act has an enabling clause which has a provision for NRM to be on statutory for footing.

Leila Segal – just wanted to support IASC statement that most accurate and valuable information will come from survivors. Hope a strengthened voice will be given to them.

IASC – pathways for victims with fewer layers of bureaucracy which will allow their voices and stories to be heard consistently and in supported environment. Victims require enabling – for individual support, but also to make sure justice is done.

Peter Cox, Croydon Community Against Trafficking – big challenge to address – public awareness. Can IASC influence government to increase funds for further advertising campaign? LAs do not have resources to be able to address this on local level – need national scale campaign.

IASC – discussions with LAs and law enforcement will touch on this issue – needs to be concerted effort across the country. Freephone/helpline numbers – fit for purpose? Different numbers for different situations? Law enforcement agencies/NHS – are all details on their website/advertised? Once people are aware, they need to know how to respond.

Mwenia Chimba, BAWSO (Wales): Does the IASC plan to work with devolved administrations?

IASC : According to the legislation, Commissioner’s role covers the whole of the UK but also as an international role. Plans in place to work across nations – different areas, but need consistent response (although different needs recognised).

Brian Gregory, the Friendship Foundation (UK-Romania): Big issue funding, especially for work in the countries of origin, such as Romania.

IASC had a visit to Romania in late May. The National Anti-Trafficking Agency in Romania will put forward funding for local NGOs for the first time. A new national awareness raising campaign in Romania is planned.

Lara Bundock, the Snowdrop Project: Currently there is nothing in place to provide long term support for survivors – reintegration. There are only several initiative ran by charities, however, funding is difficult to obtain. Does the IASC plan to raise these issues?

IASC is working with TSA on this issue – vulnerable individuals end up with nowhere to stay. Looking at mapping various projects that provide move-on and long-term support to identify best practice. An idea of ‘host families’ for survivors of modern slavery which may not appropriate in all cases, but perhaps worth exploring.

Wilson Chowdry – 1) how will IASC encourage inactive nations to be more proactive on this issue? 2) how will he ensure breakdown of barriers between police and BAME communities?

IASC – 1) spread of systems such as GLA – engagement with countries to try and engage with existing models that can be replicated. 2) hard to reach communities and asylum seekers – very important to work with – feeds the police intelligence picture.

 

5.Launch of the Trafficking Survivor Care Standards

See Presentation attached (by the author – Cristina Andreatta (CA)).

More about the project and how to get a copy of the Trafficking Survivor Care Standards: http://www.humantraffickingfoundation.org/trafficking-survivor-care-standards

Q&A

Gary Craig – boundaries (particularly re trauma) – how do we stop professional boundaries from being distorted? Issue of funding.

CA – made it clear that we did not want these Standards to replace professional therapeutic care. Boundaries must be clear.

Rachel Witkin, Helen Bamber Foundation – reiterate Cristina’s statement. Wanted to offer practical ways for non-clinicians to implement minimal ‘solutions’, e.g. creating space in the survivor’s room, ensuring appropriate light etc. Simple therapeutic principles, but not principles of therapy.  Also provides information re accessing NHS gateways.

Sally Montier, Poppy Project. Supports the Care Standards and is committed to spreading the word and disseminating standards. NASS housing – how and where do we start trying to engage in this area? Very little communication as it is.

Tatiana Jardan: The best pathway would be to discuss this issue with Home Office beyond this room and others!

Rachel Witkin: TSCS seek to inform practitioners how not to do not further harm, as it is crucial not to re-traumatise victims.

6.Anti-Slavery Day 2015 and Media Awards nominations

Media Awards nominations are now launched. Anti-Slavery Day Reception is planned for October 2015. Invitation will be send out closer to the date

Fill in a nomination form at  http://www.antislaveryday.com/awards/nomination-form/; or the attached one and send to Tatiana

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