Slavery

Councils need support to protect refugees from exploitation, experts say

29/04/2022

The Government has been urged to take ‘urgent measures’ to support councils in their response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in order to tackle exploitation.

Stopping child exploitation

06/04/2022

Iryna Pona, policy and impact manager at The Children’s Society, looks at the issue of children and modern slavery.

Charity calls for ‘safeguarding measures’ to protect Ukrainian refugees

16/03/2022

Human trafficking experts have urged the Government to ensure that the Homes for Ukraine scheme includes ‘rigorous safeguarding measures’ to protect refugees.

System 'failing' thousands of children affected by modern slavery

05/10/2021

Thousands of children affected by modern slavery are being 'overlooked and forgotten' by the system, a charity has said.

New framework for public health approach to modern slavery launched

03/06/2021

A new framework for a public health approach to tackling modern slavery has been made available for local authorities to access.

Figures show rise in sexual and criminal exploitation under lockdown

07/04/2021

Criminal and sexual exploitation has risen ‘dramatically’ during the pandemic, new data has warned today.

Crack down on abuse of modern slavery safeguards

22/03/2021

Local authorities will receive training to help frontline staff identify genuine victims of modern slavery.

Councils to ‘regularly report’ on efforts to fight modern slavery

22/09/2020

Local authorities and other public bodies which have a budget of £36m or more will be required to regularly report on the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their supply chains.

Framework for referring child victims of trafficking 'not working' warns commissioner

12/08/2020

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for identifying child victims of trafficking is 'not working', the anti-slavery commissioner has warned.

Councils call for adequate funding to tackle modern slavery

30/07/2020

Council leaders have warned children's services are under significant pressure after the number of child modern slavery referrals increased by 1,400% in five years.

Jenrick unveils £76m funding for ‘most vulnerable’

04/05/2020

The communities secretary has announced £76m funding to support the ‘most vulnerable’ in society during the pandemic.

Councils warn moves to license hand car washes must be fully funded

14/02/2020

Councils have warned that any attempt to licence hand car washes must be fully funded by license fees.

Tackling and preventing modern slavery and human trafficking

10/02/2020

Tiffany Cloynes and Julia Shannon outline the opportunities local authorities have to tackle and prevent modern slavery from occurring in their areas

Brexit threatens fight against modern slavery

18/10/2019

The commissioner appointed to tackle modern slavery has called for a stronger focus on prevention and warned that Brexit could undermine efforts to stop slavery.

Councils warn about ‘spiralling’ rate of child modern slavery referrals

18/10/2019

Councils have warned the number of child victims of modern slavery referred for support has risen by 800% in the past five years.

Slavery in supply chains

20/09/2019

Tiffany Cloynes and Clare Hardy explore what responsibility councils may have in the future to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.

London Councils welcome drug dealers being jailed in ‘landmark’ slavery case

15/05/2019

Three ‘county lines’ drug dealers have been sent to prison in a landmark case using the Modern Slavery Act.

Two arrested in Blackpool slavery investigation

03/04/2019

An investigation into modern slavery and human trafficking supported by Blackpool Council has resulted in two arrests.

A lack of police training ‘hinders’ slavery convictions, charity says

26/03/2019

The response of the police to modern slavery victims ‘hinders’ the prosecution of traffickers and exploiters, a charity has claimed.

‘County Lines’ major driver behind rise in slavery reporting

20/03/2019

The number of potential victims of trafficking and modern slavery reported to the authorities has risen by more than 80% in two years, new data reveals.

Modern slavery referrals by councils 'spiral'

18/03/2019

A sharp increase in the number of suspected cases of modern slavery is having a ‘huge impact’ on council services, town hall chiefs have warned.

One in four trafficked children reported missing from care

21/12/2018

Nearly a quarter of trafficked children were reported as going missing from care in 2017, a new study has revealed.

More than 40 councils sign anti-slavery pledge

19/10/2018

A total of 42 councils have signed a charter aimed at eradicating modern slavery in their supply chains.

‘Transparency map’ launched to tackle modern slavery

10/10/2018

A new website promises to help councils check if any of their suppliers are using modern slaves.

Whitehall announces £2m unit to protect vulnerable children from gangs

29/08/2018

A national response unit designed to offer local authorities tailored support to help children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs is due to be launched next year.

Manchester CC ‘unanimously’ approves charter against slavery

12/07/2018

Manchester City Council has called on the Government to provide more support for victims of modern slavery.

Bristol’s lord mayor removes slave trader’s portrait from office

20/06/2018

A 316-year-old portrait of a prominent slave trader, responsible for the deaths of thousands, has been removed from the lord mayor of Bristol’s office.

Councils to share £19m to boost integration

11/06/2018

Councils in England will receive £19m to help ease pressures on housing, education and health services due to recent migration.

Church launches anti-slavery app

04/06/2018

Council chiefs have endorsed a new app designed to help gather information about modern slavery in car washes.

British citizens ‘largest nationality’ recorded in slavery figures

27/03/2018

British citizens are for the first time the largest nationality recorded as potential victims in the national trafficking and modern slavery figures.

Councillors pledge to eradicate modern slavery from their supply chains

23/03/2018

Labour and Co-operative councillors have pledged to ensure none of the money they spend on procuring goods and services inadvertently ends up supporting exploitation or trafficking.

Cornwall Council helps slavery victims after police raid

09/02/2018

Cornwall Council is providing welfare and support services for 14 people following a police raid on a flower-picking farm.

Council chiefs call for ‘cross-sector’ approach to fighting slavery

17/01/2018

Local authority leaders have called for a ‘coherent, cross-sector’ approach to tackling modern slavery as new figures reveal an increase of almost 50% in the number of people referred as potential victims.

Number of modern slavery victims 'underestimated' warns crime agency

11/08/2017

There are many more victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK than first thought, according to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Guidance for spotting signs of domestic slavery published

21/04/2017

The publication of a new resource to help health visitors identify the signs of domestic slavery has been announced.

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