MODERN SLAVERY

Modern Slavery is the term used within the UK and is defined within the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Act categorises offences of Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour and Human Trafficking.

These crimes include holding a person in a position of slavery , servitude, forced or compulsory labour, or facilitating their travel with the intention of exploiting them soon after. 

USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS

REPORTING

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: Call 999 in an emergency.  For all other matters please visit WMPolice Online https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/

EMERGENCY SMS SERVICE FOR DEAF, HARD OF HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE

In an emergency you can use your phone to contact the emergency services by texting 999.

You MUST register your mobile phone number before using this service. Just send the word ‘Register’ in a text message to the number 999 and follow the simple instructions you receive back.

THE SALVATION ARMY CONFIDENTIAL AND ANONYMOUS HELPLINE

If you suspect that you or someone you have come across may be an adult victim of modern slavery and in need of help, you can contact The Salvation Army’s confidential and anonymous referral helpline on 0800 808 3733 – available 365 days a year, 24/7 with interpretation services where needed.

MODERN SLAVERY HELPLINE

For help, advice or information about any modern slavery issue you can contact the Modern Slavery helpline confidentially , 24 hours a day, 365 days a year on 08000 121 700  https://www.modernslaveryhelpline.org/

WEST MIDLANDS POLICE PARTNERSHIP INFORMATION REPORT

The purpose of the partnership information form is to inform the police of any intelligence that has been gathered during day to day working. The form is quick and easy to complete and any information, however small, will help in intelligence gathering.  

REFERRALS

 

DUDLEY'S LOCAL REFERRAL PATHWAY

Local pathway for Any Agency / Individual who may encounter a victim or potential victim of Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking within Dudley Borough.

This Pathway has been agreed by Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership.

CHILD EXPLOITATION - DUDLEY SAFEGAURDING PEOPLE PARTNERSHIP
For Information, local pathways and referral forms in respect of Child Exploitation please visit: 
https://safeguarding.dudley.gov.uk/safeguarding/child/work-with-children-young-people/child-exploitation/

NATIONAL REFERRAL MECHANISM GUIDANCE AND REFERRAL FORMS

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.  First responder Organisations in the UK can use the below link to:

  • refer potential victims of any age to the National Referral Mechanism

  • help potential victims receive support and medical care

  • notify the Home Office of potential victims (Duty to Notify)     

 

Visit: https://www.modernslavery.gov.uk/start 

WEST MIDLANDS ANTI-SLAVERY NETWORK: NRM EXPLANATORY DOCUMENT

West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network have produced a multi lingual explanatory document which explains in detail, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for use by First Responders for survivors of Modern Slavery at the point of identification in the West Midlands.

English: https://www.westmidlandsantislavery.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Modern-Slavery-Victim-Support-Booklet-FINAL.pdf

Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovakian, Romanian, Polish and Vietnamese: https://www.westmidlandsantislavery.org/2020/11/02/booklets-now-available-in-other-languages/

 

WEST MIDLANDS VICTIM CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES DIRECTORY
This directory has been compiled by The West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network,  who connect various agencies involved in tackling modern day slavery in the West Midlands  https://www.westmidlands-pcc.gov.uk/victims/for-victims/modern-slavery/ 

MOVING ON PROJECT
The Moving On Project provides women and their children that have been affected by human trafficking and modern slavery with help and support.  They offer one-to-one and group support and guidance to other services available.  www.medaille-trust.org.uk  / movingonenquiries@medaille-trust.org.uk

LOOK CLOSER

Exploited children and young people don't always look vulnerable and may not act like victims.

If something doesn't feel right, it may not be.  Public spaces like bus and train stations, fast food outlets, hotels and roadside services can be where young victims of exploitation are most visible. If we all learn to spot the signs of a young person being exploited, we can all help to keep them safe and stop this abuse from happening.

For more information visit https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/look-closer

TRAFFICKED CHILDREN
Barnardo's information about trafficked children  https://www.barnardos.org.uk/cta.htm

SAFE CAR WASH APP 

The Safe Car Wash app is a FREE tool that will enable gathering of community intelligence in regards to Car Washes in the United Kingdom. The app will ask a series of questions related to the indicators of modern slavery and if there is a high likelihood that modern slavery is occurring in the hand car wash, you will be asked to report your concerns to the Modern Slavery Helpline. find download links at: https://www.theclewerinitiative.org/safecarwash 

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ONLINE GROOMING

For information support and advice about online grooming please visit: https://www.dudleysafeandsound.org/online-grooming

INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES

SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN SUPPLY CHAINS: GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES
Government guidance for organisations on how to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in their business or supply chains: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/transparency-in-supply-chains-a-practical-guide
 
STRONGER TOGETHER
Stronger Together is a multi-stakeholder initiative aiming to reduce modern slavery by providing guidance, resources, training and a network to employers, labour providers, workers and their representativeshttps://www.stronger2gether.org/  

SME MODERN SLAVERY TOOLKIT
A free toolkit for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) on how they can prevent modern slavery in their businesses.

The toolkit includes case studies, risk assessments, and a raft of information about labour exploitation and risks. 

The full toolkit can be found at: https://shivafoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SF_STT_SMEToolkit_2102.pdf
While a summary of the materials can be found at:  https://shivafoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SF_STT_SME_Summary_2102.pdf

E'LEARNING

DUDLEY SAFEGUARDING PEOPLE PARTNERSHIP

In conjunction with Safe and Sound, Dudley's Community Safety Partnership, the below level 1 and level 2 courses are available for anyone who lives or works in the Dudley Borough.

Level 1 - Introduction to Modern Slavery

This course will give a broad overview of human trafficking and modern slavery.  This is a Level 1 course as it is an awareness package.

https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/elearning-detail/%3D%3DwNzgDO/Introduction-to-Modern-Slavery---Level-1

 

Level 2 - Understanding Modern Slavery

Before completing this course, we recommend that you complete the Introduction to Modern Slavery Human Trafficking course (Level 1 ). Having completed this you will be aware of the types of modern slavery, the barriers to reporting and have a basic knowledge of the NRM.  This course builds on your previous learning.

https://dudleysafeguarding.event-booking.org/elearning-detail/%3DADM0MTM/Understanding-Modern-Slavery---Level-2

HOME OFFICE FIRST RESPONDER TRAINING

Training for  'First Responders' from organisations authorised to refer potential victims of modern slavery into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).

As a first responder your role is to identify and refer potential victims of modern slavery into support, where appropriate. Doing so will often be challenging and you may have to deal with complex situations.  This programme provides guidance on how to spot the signs of modern slavery, and what to do when you come across a potential victim of modern slavery. This programme aims to give you confidence to follow procedures swiftly and with compassion. 

https://policingslavery.co.uk/FirstResponderTraining/

HOME OFFICE CHILD TRAFFICKING RESPONDER TRAINING

This child-specific programme seeks to build on what you already know as a First Responder and/or safeguarding partner. The programme covers child-specific indicators of modern slavery, while also taking a closer look at forms of exploitation that are particularly prevalent. The programme guides the learner through the safeguarding and NRM referral processes, exploring best practice and the specific knowledge required to respond to child cases of modern slavery. 

https://www.policingslavery.co.uk/TacklingChildModernSlavery/ 

OPEN LEARN - THE OPEN UNIVERSITY

This free course provided by The Open University through Open Learn, is designed to help you develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery, but also encourage an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection.

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/people-politics-law/the-law/modern-slavery/content-section-0?active-tab=description-tab

DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES

 

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

For educational resources and session plans please visit:  https://www.dudleysafeandsound.org/educationalresources

ANTI-SLAVERY TOOLKIT

This toolkit is intended to support the work of anti-slavery partnerships, and other practitioners involved in the anti-slavery sector. It has been developed by the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham, with the support of the UK Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group.

To access the toolkit, please visit: https://iasctoolkit.nottingham.ac.uk/#   

HOME OFFICE MODERN SLAVERY TRAINING RESOURCE PAGE 

This resource page aims to provide training resources for public sector professionals and other individuals that might come across victims to help raise awareness, better spot the signs and increase confidence in reporting modern slavery when potential cases are encountered. Find out more here

HOME OFFICE MODERN SLAVERY AWARENESS BOOKLET

A booklet has also been created aimed at a broad range of public sector staff who could potentially witness indicators of modern slavery. Find out more here

WEST MIDLANDS ANTI SLAVERY NETWORK 

A network of agencies tackling modern slavery in the West Midlands and beyond  http://www.westmidlandsantislavery.org/

MODERN SLAVERY - A COUNCIL GUIDE

WEST MIDLANDS PCC MODERN SLAVERY STRATEGY

WEST MIDLANDS REGIONAL POLICY AND PROCEDURES

REGIONAL MODERN SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING CASE STUDIES

A TYPOLOGY OF MODERN SLAVERY OFFENCES IN THE UK

This research looks at the different types of modern slavery in the UK, it is based on analysis of over 300 confirmed cases of modern slavery

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/a-typology-of-modern-slavery-offences-in-the-uk 

HOLIDAY PAY ENTITLEMENT

Around £1.8 billion of holiday pay goes unclaimed every year, affecting around 1.8 million workers. The workers affected often work in atypical roles and aren’t aware they’re entitled to holiday pay. For example, 35% of workers incorrectly believe only workers in permanent jobs get holiday pay, and 50% of workers incorrectly believe that workers on zero-hours contracts do not qualify for holiday pay.

https://www.gov.uk/holiday-entitlement-rights/holiday-pay-the-basics