Trafficking Survivor Care Standards

Trafficking Survivor Care Standards, publicly launched in June 2015, aim to provide a blueprint for UK-wide service providers offering high quality care to adult survivors of modern slavery, including trafficking. The Standards provide a flexible framework with guiding principles and practical recommendations that support agencies can incorporate into their own existing policies and procedures. The ultimate goal is to promote an integrated, holistic and empowering approach that places the real needs of survivors at the centre of the process of sustained recovery, far beyond the ‘reflection period’.

Endorsed by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE:

The Care Standards are officially endorsed by the UK’s first independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE who provided a foreword for the Standards and has issued this statement:

“I am committed to ensuring that survivors receive the care and support they need to rebuild their lives. The guidelines laid out in this document provide clear navigation of the pathways that can be followed to ensure that every survivor across the UK will receive consistently high quality levels of support.  I look forward to working with the Foundation to ensure that these recommendations are adopted and implemented across the country.”

Second edition of the Care Standards published in June 2015 Trafficking Survivor Care Standards 2015.pdf

If you want to get a copy of the Trafficking Survivor Care Standards, please, contact Kate Roberts. There is a suggested donation of £5 per copy to recoup the printing cost.

Care Standards Expert Working Group

These standards are the result of a collaborative Expert Working Group, formed of front-line practitioners who came together in recognition of a need to develop survivor care standards applicable across the UK. The Expert Group included the following member organisations: Ashiana (Sheffield), BAWSO (Wales), City Hearts (Northern England), Counter Human Trafficking Bureau (London), Helen Bamber Foundation (London), Hestia (London), Housing for Women (London), Human Trafficking Foundation (UK), Medaille Trust (UK), Eaves Poppy Project (London), The Salvation Army (UK), Community Safety Glasgow – TARA Service (Scotland), Unseen (Bristol).

Rachel Witkin, Counter-Trafficking Lead at the Helen Bamber Foundation:

"The Trafficking Survivor Care Standards is a handy little book with a wealth of wisdom from some of the best organisations working across the UK. It contains practical, concise information on all aspects of care for survivors, with crucial advice on meeting their psychological and physical health needs. We believe it’s an excellent resource for all professionals working in this field."

Kate Garbers, Managing Director at Unseen:

"It was good to work with fellow experts in the sector to develop these Care Standards. Our aim is that the standards provide a good starting point for any agency working in the sector with potential victims of trafficking. They offer both solid recommendations to how to address the issues victims face as well as aspirational ideas and suggestions as to what best practice could look like here in the UK. We are excited to see how this collaborative piece of work will be used and embedded across the sector to directly impact the level of care and support victims receive."

Ann-Marie Douglas, Project Director of the Adult Victims of Modern Slavery Care and Coordination Services at the Savlation Army:

"We know that no two survivors of modern day slavery are the same; each is unique and has the right to expect a consistently high standard of support from every stakeholders involved in the process of their recovery. We believe this must be the case wherever a survivor of modern day slavery is being supported and irrespective of who is funding their support. The Trafficking Survivor Care Standards is an excellent reference tool, informed by practitioners, to equip all of us working to support survivors of modern day slavery to operate within a framework of recommended good practice." 


The standards have been prepared in response to extensive consultation and are realistic, proportionate, fair and transparent. They are based on information which has been collected through focus group sessions and in-depth interviews with service providers and trafficking experts as well as through the review of existing literature. Support agencies were regularly consulted when drafting and reviewing the content and their individual contributions informed key sections. A wide range of professionals - including lawyers, medical practitioners and clinical psychologists - were involved at various stages of the process to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided.