For many victims of modern slavery and trafficking access to healthcare is the only opportunity they may have to verbalise the situation they find themselves in. Front line healthcare workers can be one of the only professionals who may have unsupervised access to victims of modern slavery.
Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act (TSO, 2015) requires large companies with a turnover of £36m or more to report on what, if anything, they are doing to address slavery and trafficking in their supply chains.
NHS England has responded to this requirement and has published their Modern Slavery Statement 2018/19 which is available on the website:
Department of Health (2015) Guidance: Identifying and Supporting Victims of Modern Slavery: guidance for health staff. DoH. Available at:
Local Authorities' Referral Pathway for Adult Victims of Modern Slavery
NRM Process Guide for Local Authorities Steps 1-12
This guide accompanies the Local Authorities’ Referral Process Pathway for Adult Victims of Modern Slavery. This guide provides non-prescriptive steps to follow when a potential victim of human trafficking or modern slavery is identified. It should be adapted to each local authority’s internal structures.
Definitions and Indicators
How to identify a victim of human trafficking or modern slavery
Statutory Duties and Powers
The NRM and a local authority’s statutory duties to identify and support victims of human trafficking and modern slavery