With the support of the City Bridge Trust, the Foundation is working to equip statutory authorities in London to 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 responsibilities.
identifying and supporting victims
The Foundation offers local authorities a free service to assist local authorities fulfill their obligations under the new legislation, supporting councils to be as effective as possible in identifying and supporting victims of trafficking. Support can include identifying gaps, drafting protocols/pathways, and providing links with other services.
Special Points of Contact
The Foundation is working in partnership with the Metropolitan Police’s Modern Slavery and Kidnap Unit (SCO7) and NGOs to help foster pan-London working. This includes establishing and coordinating a network of Single Points of Contact (SPoCs) in local authorities. This complements work by SCO7 to create SPoCs in every borough’s police force to improve partnership and understanding on slavery across all boroughs.
London Working Group
The Foundation coordiantes an anti-slavery London Working Group for pan-London frontline services, with over 40 members, including NGOs, the Met Police’s Modern Slavery Unit, the UK Visas and Immigration team, NHS and lawyers. It shares expertise, concerns and creates solution for councils and pan-London services. The London Working Group recently contributed to the Mayor's consultation on a police and crime plan for London. Read the full submission here
If your council or department would like guidance or support please contact Tamara@humantraffickingfoundation.org. Please also contact Tamara to receive a regular e-newsletter for those working in statutory authorities in London boroughs with information on new services, data and legislation.