Help & Advice about Modern Slavery

Victims of Modern Slavery

Victims of trafficking and forced labour may be reluctant to tell their story through fear of reprisal or not being believed, through a feeling of shame about letting themselves be treated in this way, or because they do not know their rights and the treatment they are entitled to receive.

There are no set number of signs that will indicate that a person is a victim of trafficking or subject to forced labour. One or a combination of factors could suggest a person is a potential victim, so each case should be considered on an individual basis.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be being abused, or exploited, please say something. Everyone is responsible for preventing abuse and Modern Slavery is abuse – it really is ‘Everyone’s Business’. 

There is more information about safeguarding, including Modern Slavery on the East Sussex website or for further advice you can contact the;
Modern Slavery helpline on 0800 0121 700

If you are reporting a potential victim, do not attempt to let the victim know you have reported it or confront the traffickers. You need to ensure their safety and yours.

You can report modern slavery in the following ways:
•    Online
•    By calling 101
•    In person at your local police station

Remember to always call 999 if you are in danger.

Frontline Staff Guidance

 Download the recently updated (March 2020) Government guidance on identifying Modern Slavery for Frontline Staff.

Duty to Notify the Home Office of Potential Victims of Modern Slavery

From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities have a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking.  GOV.UK have produced statutory guidance to identify and supoport victims of modern slavery. The guidance details the information that must be provided when reporting as set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Modern Slavery Unit Guidance for frontline non-First Responders

The Home Office Modern Slavery Unit have developed a flyer MODERN SLAVERY AND COVID-19: What to look out for and how to get help to be distributed to frontline staff who are not first responders, with information on what to do if they encounter a potential victim of modern slavery.


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