The National Network Co-ordinators’ Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Forum (NNCF) brings together the coordinators of the various regional anti-slavery networks and partnerships operating throughout the UK.
The Foundation established the NNCF to promote inter-regional cooperation and sharing of best practice within the UK. The NNCF aims to act as a conduit between regional partnerships and key policy-makers, by informing the Home Office’s Modern Slavery Unit and the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner of trends in exploitation and other areas of concern identified by frontline practitioners.
The Group is jointly co-chaired and coordinated by the Human Trafficking Foundation and Robin Brierley, Chair of the West-Midlands Anti-Slavery Network and consultant.
To contribute to the continual improvement of the UK’s practical response to modern slavery, by fostering a collaborative approach amongst regional multi-agency partnerships in order to improve victim identification and protection and increase the criminalisation of perpetrators.
Issues Identified by NNCF Members
The multi-agency newtorks and partnerships which comprise the NNCF consist of frontline professionals, addressing modern slavery in various different ways. As a result they are able to gain an accurate appreciation of some of the gaps in the UK's approach to tackling human trafficking and modern slavery.
- Training - NNCF members throughout the country assist in organising training sessions for those professionals best placed to identify victims and distrupt traffickers, such as NHS staff and police forces. However, public awareness and understanding of the problem might be heightened through a unified approach to training at the national level.
- Accommodation and Support - NNCF members work alongside those who provide support to survivors of human trafficking. However, gaps have been identified in that support: firstly, in the 'pre-NRM' stage when the individual has not yet been referred for a reasonable grounds decision; and secondly, 'post-45 days' after the survivor leaves government-funded accommodation. The lack of a consistent approach at these crucial stages unfortuatnely leaves many victims vulnerable.
Membership is restricted to representatives of existing multi-agency Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking networks. The following networks and partnerships are currently members of the NNCF:
- Bedforshire Against Modern Slavery
- Cheshire Anti-Slavery Network
- Croydon Community Against Trafficking
- Derby and Derbyshire
- East Midlands Anti-Human Trafficking Partnership
- Hampshire and Isle of Wight Anti-Slavery Partnership
- Kent and Essex
- Merseyside Modern Slavery Forum
- South East Strategic Partnership on Migration
- South West Anti-Slavery Partnership
- Tri-Borough (London)
- Trafficking Reduction Advisory Partnership
- Welsh National Anti-Trafficking Network
- West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network
- West Yorkshire Anti-Trafficking Network
Terms of Reference of the NNCF: NNCF ToRs December 2015.doc (to be reviewed annually)