Tackling modern slavery and trafficking is not something we at Unseen can tackle in isolation. Law enforcement, governments, businesses, the media, the third sector and society at large have to be involved if we are to truly see an end to this hideous trade in our lifetime. Here are some of the ways we try to impact and influence these different parts of society to engage them with the issue and help them to become part of the solution.
- Annually, Unseen trains 1,000 frontline staff including police, border authorities, healthcare staff, businesses and other NGOs to identify victims and take appropriate action.
- Unseen co-chairs Anti-Slavery Partnership (ASP) bringing together agencies across the South West to tackle slavery issues. We have successfully helped five other regions to develop their own partnership models.
- Our CEO chaired the Centre For Social Justice's report: ‘It Happens Here: Equipping the United Kingdom to fight modern slavery'. The report has been credited by Home Secretary Theresa May for being the catalyst for the new Modern Slavery Act.
- Unseen instigated and led the coalition that persuaded the government to include a Transparency in Supply Chains clause in the new Modern Slavery Act requiring businesses with a UK turnover of £36 million to disclose what they are doing to ensure their supply chains are slave-free.
- Our Managing Director was invited to Vatican to assist shape the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences response to slavery, particularly how to resettle and reintegrate victims (www.endslavery.va).
- Unseen operates the UK's Modern Slavery Helpline, providing victims, the public, statutory agencies and businesses access to information and support on a 24/7 basis. Call 08000 121 700 for help and support.
- Unseen is working with the University of the West of England to review the National Referral Mechanism pilots and to produce research to assist government to make decisions about the next steps for this mechanism.