Human trafficking and modern slavery – Government action
UK Government actions
- In March 2021, the Home Office launched an online modern slavery statement registry to allow organisations to share the steps they have taken to tackle modern slavery.
- In January 2021, the UK Government announced a new inspection programme of services for victims of modern slavery, led by the Care Quality Commission.
- In January 2021, the new Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract went live in England and Wales, to provide enhanced, tailored support to adult victims of modern slavery.
- In October 2020, the UK Government published its Annual Report on Modern Slavery, including details of an extra £2 million to support police under the Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Programme.
- In April 2020, the UK Government announced a three-month halt to moving survivors of modern slavery out of government-funded safe accommodation, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. This ended on 6 August 2020.
- In March 2020, the UK Government published statutory guidance for England and Wales on identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery, in accordance with s 49(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (MSA).
- In March 2020, the UK Government published a modern slavery statement, setting out the UK Government’s efforts to eradicate modern slavery across its supply chains and spending measures.
- In 2020, the UK Government established a National Referral Mechanism (NRM) Transformation Programme to address the challenges faced by the current NRM system.
- In September 2019, the UK Government launched the Recovery Needs Assessment, to provide adult confirmed victims of modern slavery with support to recover from their exploitation.
- In July 2019, the UK Government launched a consultation on transparency in supply chains. In its consultation response, published in September 2020, the UK Government committed to a number of measures to tackle modern slavery in supply chains, including legislative changes to bring certain public bodies within reporting requirements on modern slavery.
- In July 2019, the UK Government announced a £10 million investment to create a new Policy and Evidence Centre for Modern Slavery and Human Rights, with the aim of enhancing understanding of modern slavery and further strengthening the UK’s response.
- In 2018, the UK Government announced an Independent Review of the MSA. The final report of the Independent Review, published in May 2019, included 80 recommendations for the UK Government. The UK Government accepted a number of the recommendations, with some subject to further consultation.
- In 2017, the UK Government announced an increase in the minimum period of ‘move on’ support – such as accommodation, counselling, expert advice and advocacy – from 14 to 45 days, for recognised victims of trafficking and modern slavery.
- In 2017, the UK Government announced a number of reforms to the NRM, including the creation of an expert unit to handle all cases referred from frontline staff, an independent panel of experts to review negative decisions, and a new digital system to capture and analyse data.
- In 2016, the UK Government published an independent review into the effectiveness of the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015, identifying gaps in the legislation and making recommendations to improve law enforcement and criminal justice responses to modern slavery.
- In 2016, the UK Government amended the immigration rules to increase the length of a visa granted to a recognised victim of trafficking from six months to two years.
Read our assessment of the UK Government’s progress on human trafficking and modern slavery.
The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021