Since 2017, the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit directly delivered modern training to more than 4,000 police officers and law enforcement staff. All forces in England and Wales along with the NCA, GLAA and Home Office, have participated in the training activity which includes both general awareness training and specialist skills development.
More than 1000 officers from frontline response teams have received training to provide initial guidance on how to respond in the early stages of MSHT investigations. This is supported guidance and support materials that are available to officers and staff across police forces and law enforcement agencies.
By the end of December 2019, more than 1,000 investigators had completed a four day College of Policing accredited specialist modern slavery investigators course to provide the specialist skills needed to manage the end to end organisation and delivery of modern slavery investigations. A further 575 investigators have also received additional training on how to approach interviews with vulnerable victims in relation to modern slavery cases.
More than 800 intelligence research and analysis staff have completed specialist CPD training to share knowledege about modern slavery related exploitation crime and on how to gather and interpret the vital intelligence needed to support investigations and develop prevention activity.
And 400 senior lead investigators have also received modern slavery CPD updates specifically looking at covert tactics and victim management.
A in support of force-led activity, a network of 150 general awareness trainers has also been established to lead the delivery of College of Policing accredited general awareness training to frontline policing teams across the country. As well as raising awareness of the issue and of modern slavery typologies, this training also covers initial response and the responsibilities of police officers and staff to safeguard victims and report what they suspect to be cases of modern slavery.
With the response to modern slavery now becoming more established in all areas, police forces are now increasingly building on the training materials now available to deliver their own in-house training activity.
Access to training materials
Modern Slavery general awareness and specialist investigator training materials are available to policing and law enforcement agencies via the College of Policing NCALT system.
All other materials, including investigation guides, investigation debriefing reports and modern slavery master class videos are available from the modern slavery community pages on Policing Slavery and Human Trafficking Group on Knowledge Hub.
A variety of other publicly available training materials relating to modern slavery are now widely available.
- The modern slavery charity, Unseen, provides specific training on modern slavery and human trafficking for people working in the public sector.
- The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) also regularly runs modern slavery and human trafficking awareness events targeted for small to medium sized businesses.
- The Independent Anti-slavery Commissioner’s, Modern Slavery Partnership Toolkit includes examples and links to other training material that may be of value.