Human Trafficking Foundation

Our Work

Forums & Projects

National Advisory Forum

The National Advisory Forum brings together around 90 NGOs, service providers and other experts from across the UK anti-trafficking sector, and provides a unique opportunity to engage with Parliamentarians and policy-makers. 

The Forum also offers an opportunity to network, collaborate and share best practice. The Foundation operates a monthly newsletter for Forum members with information about projects, events, campaigns and reports. 

The forum meets quarterly in London. For more information or to attend the next forum please contact euan@humantraffickingfoundation.org

All-Party Parliamentary Group

The APPG on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery, with cross-party membership of MPs and Peers, meets to provide a forum for discussion as to the nature and scale of modern slavery in the UK.

The Group played a major role in pushing for and shaping the Modern Slavery Act and now seeks to ensure that the Act is effectively implemented, meeting regularly to discuss issues relating to the protection and support of victims and prosecution of their traffickers. 

HTF provides the Secretariat to the Group. 

Find out more here


London

With the support of the City Bridge Trust, the Foundation is working to equip the 32 London boroughs 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.

The Foundation offers local authorities a free service to assist them in fulfilling their obligations under the new legislation. The Foundation supports councils to be as effective as possible in identifying and supporting victims of trafficking. Our support can include identifying gaps, drafting protocols/pathways, and providing links with other services etc.

Find out more here

National Networks Coordinators' Forum

The National Network Co-ordinators’ Forum (NNCF) brings together the coordinators of the various regional anti-slavery networks and partnerships operating throughout the UK. The NNCF seeks to facilitate the sharing of best practice between regional partnerships and encourage collaboration whenever possible. 

The Group is jointly co-chaired and coordinated by the Human Trafficking Foundation and Robin Brierley, Chair of the West-Midlands Anti-Slavery Network.

Find out more here   


International

Work with Parliamentarians against Human Trafficking

The Foundation is working to engage parliamentarians across Europe to help raise human trafficking up the political agenda. To do this HTF is organising workshops throughout Europe, in conjunction with British Embassies, bringing together interested parliamentarians to consider establishing a Parliamentary committee on human trafficking and legislation similar to the Modern Slavery Act. Currently 15 country parliaments are involved. Read more about HTF's workshops here

Other International Work

The Foundation also co-chairs an international anti-trafficking subgroup together with the Salvation Army. This group aims to provide an opportunity for organisations carrying out anti-trafficking work internationally to network, share examples of best practice, and encourage collaboration where appropriate and possible. Find out more here


Improving Victim Support

trafficking survivor care standards

The Trafficking Survivor Care Standards were developed in conjunction with experts in the anti trafficking sector with the aim of providing a blueprint for UK-wide service providers offering high quality care to adult survivors of modern slavery, including trafficking. The Standards provide a flexible framework with guiding principles and practical recommendations that support agencies can incorporate into their own existing policies and procedures. The ultimate goal is to promote an integrated, holistic and empowering approach that places the real needs of survivors at the centre of the process of sustained recovery, far beyond the ‘reflection period’.

In October 2017 the government committed that he Trafficking Survivor Care Standards would be included in the next statutory Victim Care Contract. In preparation for this the Foundation is currently reviewing and updating the Standards, together with experts from the sector. We will republish the updated standards during 2018. 

You can download the current Care Standards here. If you would like to order a hard copy, please contact kate@humantraffickingfoundation.org. There is a suggested donation of £5 per copy to help cover the cost of printing and postage. 

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long term support policy

The National Referral Mechanism is the system by which potential victims of trafficking receive access to support and are identified as victims of trafficking. After being referred to the NRM, a Reasonable Grounds decision is made on the basis of ‘suspect but cannot prove’ that the individual is a victim. If this decision is positive, the individual is offered safe house accommodation, specialist support and legal aid for a guaranteed 45 days or until a Conclusive Grounds decision is made that he or she has been trafficked.

Crucially, once this Conclusive Grounds decision is made support is abruptly withdrawn: if negative, the individual has 2 days to leave the safe house; if positive, they have 2 weeks. This early and sudden removal of support unfortunately leaves victims vulnerable and damages their ability to rebuild their lives.  

The Foundation has produced the following policy documents on long term support needs:

Life Beyond the Safe House (2015) urges the Government to review its approach to move-on support for survivors of modern slavery to help survivors recover from their experiences and integrate into society. This would help reduce the risk of re-trafficking. The report makes clear that a cohesive approach to victim support would mean survivors would be more likely to recover and regain control over their lives, and become more confident and independent, which in turn will allow them to become active members of society. 

Day 46 (2016) followed the lives of survivors after they left the safe house. The research found that a quarter of victims disappeared after being rescued: of 73 potential interviewees, a few months after exiting the shelter, 18 were completely unaccounted for.  Jess Phillips MP, Vice-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery describes the report as a “damning indictment of our failure to protect victims of trafficking”

Long-Term Support Recommendations (March 2017): The Foundation has  worked with partners throughout the anti-trafficking sector who support survivors of trafficking during and after the NRM process or who operate at a policy level to produce practical policy recommendations to support the reintegration and rehabilitation of adult survivors of trafficking. These were published in March 2017. One of the key recommendations is that identification as a victim of trafficking should automatically entitle the individual to remain in the UK for a minimum of 1 year, with recourse to public funds and access to further support. 


Unaccompanied and Separated Minors Report (July 2017) 

Nobody deserves to live this way! 

Rt Hon Fiona Mactaggart and Baroness Butler-Sloss were alerted by Safe Passage to the serious risks of trafficking and exploitation facing children in parts of Europe who are feeling countries where they feel unsafe, when they were Co- Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficking and Modern Slavery (APPG). In the Spring of 2017 the APPG agreed to hold an inquiry into the risks facing these children. When the 2017 General Election was called, dissolving the APPG the former Co- Chairs agreed that the dangers facing these children were too great to expect them to wait. Instead they agreed that the Human Trafficking Foundation would sponsor the inquiry, allowing it to continue, Chaired by Fiona Mactaggart and Baroness Butler- Sloss as individuals, rather than for the APPG. The Human Trafficking Foundation Coordinated the inquiry. 

The inquiry took place between April and June 2017. It found no evidence that providing a safe route for children to travel to the UK acted as a ‘pull factor’ or encouraged traffickers. Instead the evidence showed that leaving children without safe and legal options left them in limbo, stranded in dangerous and often violent situations. In many instances this resulted in children turning to smugglers, putting themselves at risk of dangerous journeys and of exploitation to pay the smugglers.

The overwhelming evidence of violence inflicted by the French police on children is one of the more shocking findings of this inquiry, whether it be the indiscriminate use of truncheons and tear gassing of children and their sleeping bags.  Children are denied access to showers, shelter or anywhere to store their belongings.

Download the report here

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victim fund

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