Supporting victims and survivors

The identification of a victim is the first step in what can be a lengthy recovery process.

If you have concerns that someone is experiencing exploitation, there are a number of agencies who can assist.

  • In cases where there is immediate danger call 999 and ask for the Police.
  • If you would like to speak to the Police but the issue is non-urgent, call 101.
  • Advice and assistance can also be gained from the Modern Slavery Helpline 08000 121 700,  and/or Salvation Army helpline 0300 3038151.

Potential victims of modern slavery are entitled to support and protection from the UK Government. To access this support victims must be referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).

It is essential that all victims are provided access to high-quality care and the support to rebuild their lives. The following resources have been developed by partnerships and sector experts to help direct practitioners and survivors to appropriate support.

Mapping of Trafficking Survivor Services: this resource produced by the Human Trafficking Foundation, IASC and ATLEU shows support services for survivors in the UK.

Victim care pathways: As a partnership, you may wish to develop guidance on the identification, referral and support of potential victims encountered in your area. The following links are examples of victim care partnerships which have been developed by existing partnerships.

Legal support: Victims of modern slavery may require a range of legal support, from advice on immigration and housing, to compensation. The links below will direct you to useful legal resources.

Support for survivors: Various initiatives and projects have been developed to build survivor networks, confidence and skill sets. Examples of these initiatives are listed in the links below.

 

Victim care pathways

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The Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards, 2018

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Wales Survivor Care Pathway

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Local Authorities’ Referral Pathway for Adult Victims of Modern Slavery (2018)

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Adult Modern Slavery Protocol for Local Authorities: NRM Process Guide for Local Authorities (2018)

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Snowdrop Project - Post-NRM Living

Legal support

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ATLEU: Anti-Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit

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ATHUB: Anti-Trafficking resources for lawyers

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Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX) Accountability Hub

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Immigration Law Practitioner’s Association (ILPA)

Support for survivors

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Mapping Trafficking Survivor Services

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Co-op and City Hearts ‘Bright Futures Programme’

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Survivor Alliance

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Northern College’s Free Thinking Programme

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Victim and Witness Care Coordinators – Cambridgeshire

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