The South East Anti-Slavery Partnership covers Thames Valley, Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Kent. The Partnership is currently coordinated through the South East Strategic Partnership for Migration as part of its strategic objectives to become a hostile environment for the perpetrators. The fight against modern slavery naturally incorporates the criminality of human trafficking and organised immigration crime.
In 2014 we held two key seminar events to test the preparedness of public authorities and wider partners to work most effectively together to respond to their professional and ethical duty to identify and share information on this criminality.
Key to the partnership’s development is our links with regional law enforcement agencies and other regional partnerships coordinated through the Human Trafficking Foundation.
We aim this year to establish coordinators whose functions will include supporting partners to embed anti-slavery practices across the region, supporting training, establishing referral protocols and internal and external communications. We are also working on a short training film aimed initially at all local authority employees across the region to stimulate professional curiosity and look laterally for the indicators of trafficking as they go about their everyday work. This will also seek to re-activate the relevance of the existing excellent material already provided by the Home Office and our third sector colleagues.
For more information contact: RoyMillard@secouncils.gov.uk