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Modern Slavery

Standing up to Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery is a national priority supported by an Act of Parliament (March 2015). SESPM is working in partnership with organisations across the South East to help battle modern slavery.

The partnership continues to support the region to combat modern slavery. In addition to training films highlighted below, we have been active in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in exploring a Surrey and Sussex approach.

Film – SESPM and SEEC commissioned a brief film aimed at stimulating the professional curiosity of public sector workers to spot and report signs of modern slavery in their everyday work. If you are interested in receiving the film as a download please view or download the films or contact roymillard@secouncils.gov.uk

The film is supported by accompanying notes, offering guidance on how local authorities could use the film for staff training to raise awareness of slavery. Find out more about how YOU can help in your day-to-day work by being alert to the signs of slavery and reporting them so that together we can put an end to modern slavery.

There are many resources to help you spot the signs of slavery, including information from the national Modern Slavery Helpline.

Local authorities  have a key role to play in tackling modern slavery, including in identifying and supporting victims and working in partnership locally. ‘Modern Slavery – A Council Guide’ has been produced to support councils in raising awareness and provides clarity in the role of councils in tackling this crime.

Further information and resources can are available from the Local Government Association  and  Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioners Office

Other Recommended Resources – A number of organisations produce information and resources on Modern Slavery with some also providing training packages:

Workshops – In 2014 SESPM coordinated two workshops in partnership with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit. These set out to test the preparedness of a wide range of cross sector partners to respond to the duty in the Modern Slavery Bill (this recieved Royal Assent in March 2015) on public authorities to detect and report modern slavery.

These events were attended by strategic, operational and tactical leads from cross sector bodies. Two real cases of slavery in the South East were presented in stages for participants to consider and identify how each agency would respond both individually and collectively. The outcome demonstrated the need to raise awareness and to develop a coordinated, ongoing SE anti slavery partnership model. This is contained in the final report prepared after the workshops.

Meetings – At South East England Councils AGM on 25 June 2015 presentations were delivered by Offer Stern-Weiner, Head of the Modern Slavery Unit and Christopher Ansell, from the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioners’ Office.

Offer explained the expectation on local authorities with particular reference to the duty to notify the Secretary of State about suspected victims of modern slavery. Christopher covered the role of the Commissioner and his relationship with local authorities. Presentation slides can be found here – Offer Stern-Weiner presentationChristopher Ansell presentation.