Modern Slavery Act Statement

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

Report crimes of modern slavery!

  • It is extremely important to be aware that trafficking gangs are dangerous criminals; therefore it is vital members of the public do not attempt to act on suspicions themselves, which may put themselves or the possible victims at risk.
  • In the first instance the point of contact for all modern slavery crimes should be the local police force.
  • If you have information about modern slavery crimes – those who are committing such crimes or where victims are at risk that requires an immediate response, dial 999.
  • If you hold information that could lead to the identification, discovery and recovery of victims in the UK, you can contact the modern slavery helpline on 08000 121 700

The Council will:

  1. Implement the ten steps of the Charter Against Modern Slavery as agreed by Council in July 2018
  2. Protect vulnerable people from exploitation and increasing awareness of and resilience against this crime  by strengthen safeguarding processes
  3. Reduce the harm caused by modern slavery through improved victim identification, support and intervention
  4. Identify individuals and Organised Crime Groups involved in modern slavery, ensuring they are managed, prosecuted and disrupt individuals and groups responsible for modern slavery
  5. Provide information to help professional and the public recognise and act on Modern Slavery

For more information about action on Modern Slavery - go to the Government's modern slavery website or the independent Unseen website.

Certain businesses must publish an annual statement on the steps taken to eliminate slavery and human trafficking in their business and supply chains (The Modern Slavery Act 2015) - check the link on this page for more information. 

The Council will consider modern slavery in procurement, ensuring that contractors and third parties have policies in place and adhere to the law and their responsibilities. The council's Modern Slavery Statement (PDF, 57KB) outlines the Council's work to prevent modern slavery and protect those at risk. 

Last Updated: 18 September 2018