How the Unseen App is helping North Wales Police tackle modern slavery

Like the rest of the UK, North Wales is seeing a year on year rise in reported cases of modern slavery. During the last 12 months, North Wales Police have received reports of sexual exploitation, forced labour, criminal exploitation and forced marriage. Many of these reports include child victims. With that in mind, modern slavery is a force priority. In order to provide the best possible response to the public of North Wales an awareness raising program has been undertaken for Police officers and staff, to educate them on the types of potential abuse they may encounter, signs to look for in victims and legislation available to assist in prosecuting offenders.

The Unseen App compliments perfectly the aims of this program. In a brief and clear format it details both physical and psychological signs to be aware of in victims and provides details of the locations and environments they may be found in. It also illustrates types of abuse and in the case of forced labour, the industries where abuse is most commonly found. The Unseen App summarises legislation which assists law enforcement agencies, victims and commercial organisations, and even provides a direct link to the government website which includes the legislation definitions.

The Unseen App is to be rolled out to all North Wales Police mobile devices to provide a quick and easy resource to Police officers and staff who may deal with different aspects of modern slavery. This free and simple resource also utilises technology that is already in place so is easy to implement. It is hoped that the Unseen App will assist in the continual process of awareness raising and education. I would encourage any organisation or business who provide smart devices to their work force to push the Unseen App out to each device to help raise awareness of this issue.

- Sergeant Richard Sidney, Modern Slavery Unit, North Wales Police