There were many concerns raised by the government’s rhetorical claims that the Modern Slavery Act (2015) would make the UK a ‘global leader’ on the issue. Not least among these were whether we would see a proper implementation of actions needed to reduce vulnerability of certain groups, and any substantial enhancement of protections available for victims. The recent release of evaluations by James Ewins on the visa system for overseas domestic workers and by the University of Bedfordshire on the pilot for child trafficking advocates underline these problems.
A January 2016 briefing by the Forced Labour Monitoring Group (FLMG) presents the main issues around support and protection of those identified as victims of modern slavery in the UK, how much still needs to be done, and lends weight to the argument that pressure is still required to ensure the government live up to its aspirations to lead the way.
The report is drawn from contributions to an event on victim protection on 19th November 2015 at the International Slavery Museum, hosted by the CSIS (Centre for the Study of International Slavery) as part of a 2015-2016 seminar series supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF).
The event included reports on the latest work being done in the area of victim protection, discussion of the latest policy developments, and challenges for future research.
- Alex Balch, University of Liverpool
- Gary Craig, University of Durham
- Richard Benjamin, International Slavery Museum
Session 1 – latest and best practice in victim protection
- Phill Clayton, City Hearts
- Abby Williams, Hope for Justice
- Hannah Stott, Barnardo’s
- Geoff Cheshire, Red Cross
Session 2 – policy developments and influencing
- Tatiana Jardan, Human Trafficking Foundation
- Caroline Robinson, Focus on Labour Exploitation (FLEX)
- Vicky Brotherton, Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG)