Home Office announce improved support for survivors of modern slavery

The Home Office have announced a series of reforms to the support offered to survivors of modern slavery in the UK. The announcement was made by Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Sarah Newton at a Parliamentary debate on 26th October, led by HTF Trustee and Chair of the APPG on Modern Slavery Vernon Coaker, on the implementation of the Modern Slavery Act. 

The reforms include the provision of 'places of safety' for survivors leaving situations of exploitation where they can be given assistance and advice for 3 days whilst they decide whether they wish to be referred into the NRM. As adult survivors are required to give consent to a referral into the NRM, this provision of support ought to enable them to make an informed decision as to whether they wish to be referred for further support. 

The government also announced enhanced move-on support: confirmed survivors of modern slavery will be given 45 days to move on from their safe house accommodation, an increase from 14 days. Thereafter weekly drop-in meetings will be established to keep regular contact with survivors and provide further support. 

Together with our partners across the anti-trafficking sector the Foundation has consistently highlighted the inadequacies in the support currently provided to survivors of trafficking, and so we welcome these reforms and look forward to working with the Home Office to see them come to fruition. 

Full details of the reforms can be found here

Read the debate here