The Human Trafficking Foundation grew out of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery with three objectives:
To shape policy and legislation by equipping parliamentarians and policy makers, lead government departments, local authorities, police and statutory agencies to better understand the extent and nature of human trafficking, and the need to adjust rapidly to changing trends;
To provide a sustained and collective voice amongst NGOs, civil society, and voluntary organisations fighting modern day slavery so that short-comings in current policy can be identified and addressed, and how that can best be tackled; and
Identifying opportunities for new and different types of intervention within the rapidly evolving landscape of human trafficking
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HTF provides the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. The Group is co-chaired by Vernon Coaker MP and Baroness Butler-Sloss, who were elected in September 2017. The Group played a significant part in the passage of the Modern Slavery Act, ensuring that additional clauses were added to the original draft. It now looks to make sure the legislation is effectively implemented.
The Foundation is working to equip the 32 London boroughs to identify, support and assist victims of human trafficking, in light of the new Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Care Act 2014, which present local authorities with new statutory duties.
The National Advisory Forum is made up of NGOs, service providers and other experts from across the UK anti-trafficking sector. It provides an opportunity to stay up to date on policy developments, to network and engage in dialogue with Parliamentarians and policy-makers, bringing together over 90 NGOs, academics, police, civil servants and other experts.
The Foundation, together with British Embassies in targeted European countries works to set up parliamentary groups of interested parliamentarians to help move addressing human trafficking up the political agenda. Currently 15 country parliaments are involved. The long term purpose is to ensure that each European parliament has an ongoing cross party parliamentary committee specifically fighting human trafficking.
The National Network Coordinators’ Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Forum (NNCF) brings together the coordinators of 26 anti-slavery multi-agency partnerships from around the UK. The aim is to raise awareness of policy development, promote cooperation between regions and sharing best practice as well as build on learning from experiences.
The Foundation’s primary focus is on developing policy to improve support for victims of human trafficking and modern slavery. The Foundation works with NGO and statutory partners to produce policy recommendations to support victims' rehabilitation and recovery. We are pleased that in October 2017 government committed to include our Trafficking Survivor Care Standards in the next victim care contract and are currently working with partners to update these standards. HTF also operates a small victim fund to provide one-off grants in emergency situations where other funds are not available.
Report an instance of human trafficking
The Human Trafficking Foundation doesn't provide direct support or advice to survivors of human trafficking. If you suspect human trafficking or modern slavery, contact the Modern Slavery Helpline on 08000 121 700. In an emergency call 999
Mapping Trafficking Survivor Services
The Foundation is currently working with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner to map support services for survivors of trafficking in the UK. Find out more here
The Human Trafficking Foundation established the Victim Fund with a grant from the Vandervell Foundation. We supplement this with funding from other supporters. The fund is available to help survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery with small one-off grants to meet their immediate needs when no other sources of funding are available.
HTF is not in a position to administer the distribution and spending of the grant, and therefore works with organisations providing other forms of support and advice to survivors who apply on their behalf. We are unable to make grants directly to survivors. We ask that the support worker complete the Application Form and, if granted, the funding will be transferred to the support organisation’s bank account to then be administered. Please provide details of what effort has been made to secure funding from other sources.
Our maximum grant is £200.
The application form and guidance can be found here
UK Anti-Slavery Day, 18th October, is a chance to raise awareness of modern slavery, highlight good work being done by NGOs and statutory authorities, and focus attention on areas of policy and practice where improvements still need to be made. Find out more about HTF's Anti-Slavery Day Awards here