Modern slavery continues to be an issue in our society. If you’re engaging with vulnerable people during the Covid-19 emergency, there’s a chance you may come across victims of modern slavery.
The term ‘Modern slavery’ includes human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced labour. Modern slavery can affect areas differently, being more common in some than others. Being aware of what to look out for and how to spot the signs can only be a good thing.
Advice and guidance differs depending on your role. First Responders have a Duty to Notify the Home Office. People in other roles should contact a First Responder Organisation, such as the Police or the Salvation Army.
All of us need to know what to look out for. The Home Office have provided some information posters. These posters cover things like spotting the signs, where support and help is available to victims and how to contact support services. Also included is important information about how you can stay safe during Covid-19 and how to safely take action to support a potential victim.
You don’t need to be sure that modern slavery is taking place, or fully understand the types and definitions, to report your concerns.
Information posters from the Home Office
This poster tells you what to look out for and how to get help:
This poster provides details of what to if you are a First Responder:
This film includes how to spot potential victims and how people may be exploited:
Other online resources
Modern Slavery Helpline, where an online form can be completed:
Kirklees Council have web pages about modern slavery, for those who want to learn more about spotting the signs or reporting potential incidents:
The Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership provides a wide variety of resources to help professionals working with children who may have been trafficked, including guidance, policy and referral information:
Useful contact numbers
- Police: 101, or 999 if there is potentially immediate threat to life
- The Salvation Army: 0800 808 3733 confidential referral helpline operating 24/7
- Modern Slavery Helpline: 08000 121 700
- Crimestoppers: 0800 555 111 – calls can be made anonymously
- Safer Kirklees: 01484 221 000 – ask for Safer Kirklees