Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery is a national priority supported by an Act of Parliament (March 2015). SESPM is working in partnership with organisations across the South East to help battle modern slavery.

The partnership continues to support the region to combat modern slavery. In addition to training films highlighted below, we have been active in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in exploring a Surrey and Sussex approach.

SESPM and SEEC commissioned a brief film aimed at stimulating the professional curiosity of public sector workers to spot and report signs of modern slavery in their everyday work.

The film is supported by accompanying notes, offering guidance on how local authorities could use the film for staff training to raise awareness of slavery. Find out more about how YOU can help in your day-to-day work by being alert to the signs of slavery and reporting them so that together we can put an end to modern slavery.

There are many resources to help you spot the signs of slavery, including information from the national Modern Slavery Helpline.

Local authorities  have a key role to play in tackling modern slavery, including in identifying and supporting victims and working in partnership locally. ‘Modern Slavery – A Council Guide’ has been produced to support councils in raising awareness and provides clarity in the role of councils in tackling this crime.

Further information and resources can are available from the Local Government Association  and  Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioners Office