Modern Slavery

21 November 2016

Modern slavery includes victims of human trafficking, forced labour, servitude, criminal and sexual exploitation. It is a growing global problem affecting adults and children, with an estimated 29.8 million slaves around the world. 

In the UK in 2013, it was estimated there were up to 13,000 potential victims but only 1,746 reported cases of modern slavery – an increase of 46% from 2012. In 2015, this rose to 3,266 reported cases. 

Modern Slavery UK has produced the following useful posters and information sheets to download:

Duty of Notice poster

Duty to Notify factsheet

Briefing document

For more information about who is affected by, how to spot the signs and report instances of modern slavery, visit or call the Helpline 0800 0121 700

Duty to Notify

Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and since November 2015, specified public authorities in England and Wales (including the police, local authorities, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority and the National Crime Agency), are under a duty to notify the Home Office if they encounter an individual who may be a victim of modern slavery. 

Schools and colleges are not covered by the duty, however, they are encouraged to notify the Home Office if they encounter a potential victim. If the potential victim is under or maybe under 18, a separate child referral form should be completed and the case treated as a child protection matter (with police and children’s services notified and existing child protection procedures followed). 

Notification forms and associated guidance are available here