Modern Slavery

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The term ‘Modern Slavery’ captures a whole range and types of exploitation, many of which can occur together. These include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual exploitation
  • Domestic servitude
  • Forced labour
  • Criminal exploitation
  • Other forms of exploitation include organ removal, forced begging, forced benefit fraud, forced marriage and illegal adoption

These risks will be present in a range of service areas providing support to the most at risk children and adults.

Modern Slavery is a cross cutting issue that extends to both criminal justice and safeguarding and social care services, as well as procurement. A Hampshire Modern Slavery Partnership is driving this agenda across the Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton Safeguarding Partnerships and Hampshire Constabulary.  

The following resources support the work of the Modern Slavery Partnership:

National Referral Mechanism: Updated Modern Slavery Child Victim Pathway and One Minute Guide

The National Referral Mechanism is a framework for identifying victims of modern slavery.

Children must first be safeguarded. Please read the One Minute Guide for more information.

Please see NRM for new referrals and NRM One Minute Guide

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Modern Slavery Partnership have produced an eLearning that will support you to:

  • Develop an understanding of what human trafficking is
  • Be able to identify the types of exploitation involved
  • Develop an awareness of the current framework
  • Know how the national referral mechanism (NRM) aims to support potential victims of Modern Slavery
  • Have an awareness of where to go for more information and support services

Visit the eLearning below:

Please visit Southampton City Council's modern slavery page for further information.

Reporting modern slavery

If you suspect modern slavery, report it to the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 012 1700 or the police on 101. In an emergency always call 999. Don't leave it to someone else. Your information could save a life.