The event, which was held in Birmingham, explored how to improve partnership working to provide appropriate and effective support for survivors of modern slavery once they have been identified. It provided an excellent opportunity to hear from those leading the way in survivor support across the UK, including; Anti-Slavery Partnerships, Hope for Justice, Justice and Care, the Palm Cover Society and the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Programme. The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Dame Sara Thornton was also amongst the speakers.
The event focused on 5 key themes:
- Local victim care pathways
- A survivor centred response
- National Referral Mechanism reforms
- Understanding the complexities of supporting survivors
- Developing effective mechanisms to share best practice.
Speakers also considered the need to provide long term support to prevent destitution, re-traumatisation and re-trafficking.
The conference was attended by over 200 delegates including Police and Crime Commissioners, senior leaders and managers from policing and law enforcement agencies, local authorities, health, third sector organisations and others with decision making responsibility for the provision of services to modern slavery victims and survivors.
For several years now, the UK government has been committed to improving the response to modern slavery and human trafficking. Through this work it is recognised that agencies involved in tackling modern slavery now have a greater understanding of the complexities of investigating this form of exploitation and of how to provide appropriate and effective support for the survivors. However that understanding is continually evolving as is the commitment to improving our collective response.