Friday links: Our official launch and reforms to victim care

Every Friday we share the latest news on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK. Keep up to date by following us on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook, where we will share the article each week, or sign up to our monthly newsletter

Prime Minister backs Church of England drive to eradicate modern slavery

We launched! It's been a very exciting week for us, as we held our official launch at Lambeth Palace. You can read an account of the day, and see our new film We See You on our blog. Bishop Alastair Redfern, our Chair, was interviewed by Premier, you can listen to the interview here. We were also featured in the Independent, the Evening Standard and the Guardian. In the Christian press you can read about us in Christian Today and the Tablet

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The Salvation Army: Labour exploitation in England and Wales on the rise

The Salvation Army, who hold the government contract for housing victims of modern slavery during their initial recovery period, released a new report using data gathered from their sixth year of holding the contract. They have seen an increase in victims identified, and more and more people who have been found in labour exploitation. You can read the full report here (pdf)

We believe the model of community-led re-integration and support is effective, efficient and relatively easily replicated – the kind of programme we need to tackle such large-scale global crime and with potential to impact positively on the situation in the UK. The Salvation Army is in this fight for as long as it takes for the war to be won.
— Anne Read, The Salvation Army’s director of anti-trafficking and modern slavery

Modern Slavery Taskforce agrees new measures to support victims

Many charities and organisations have criticised the 'National Referral Mechanism' or NRM, the process which potential victims of modern slavery go through to get access to care and support, and to confirm whether they are victims of modern slavery. This week the Home Office announced three reforms to the mechanism: 

  • a new team will be created to handle all cases which will be separate from the immigration department
  • all negative decisions will be reviewed by an independent panel of experts
  • a new digital system will be created to manage the process. 

You can read the thoughts of Anti-Slavery International on the reforms here.  

That's it from us this week. Keep up to date with us the rest of the week by following us on twitter (@theclewer) or Facebook, where we will share the article each week, or sign up to our monthly newsletter