While progress has been made in this space with the introduction of the Modern Slavery Act in March 2015 and the appointment of Kevin Hyland as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, a lot more remains to be done to eradicate this crime.
We believe that local authorities and government play a significant role in preventing human trafficking in the UK. It is essential for them to share responsibility by creating awareness around the issue of trafficking and training frontline staff to identify and assist potential victims. Local initiatives can highlight the impact of the crime in the area and this is key if we are to have a comprehensive response at the national level.
Shiva Foundation works with members of the council to create opportunities to exchange ideas and discuss the challenges of responding to human trafficking. As we move forward, it is important for stakeholders to have a place to explore how to implement the Modern Slavery Act and respond more effectively.
We are currently working with Hertsmere Borough Council to establish a plan of action that will increase awareness within the council. This is part of a larger multi-agency partnership Shiva Foundation is coordinating with Hertfordshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and Hertfordshire Constabulary. We are open to supporting councils across the UK so please get in touch if you would like to collaborate.
We strongly maintain the importance of multi-agency partnerships and are interested in building long-term relationships. If you would like to know more about our work with local authorities or wish to get in touch for training purposes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.