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.
MODERN SLAVERY PROTOCOL FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Together with the London Working Group, the Foundation has produced several resources to help Local Authorities improve their response to human trafficking and modern slavery, in particular the identification and support offered to adult survivors.
- Definitions and Indicators: how to identify a victim of human trafficking or modern slavery
- Statutory Duties and Powers: The NRM and a Local Authority's statutory duties to identify and support victims of human trafficking and modern slavery
The Foundation is developing a directory of support services in London which will be published later this year. In the meantime, the Modern Slavery Helpline has published a national helpline.
Special Points of Contact
HTF has created a network of Modern Slavery Single Points of Contact (SPoCs) in local authorities, police and NHS in London. This complements work by The Met Police's Modern Slavery Unit to create SPoCs in every borough’s police force to improve partnership and understanding on slavery across all boroughs.
The Foundation has created a SPoC directory. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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.