Modern slavery: Spotting the signs and taking appropriate action

14:00 – 15:00

The profile of modern slavery has risen significantly in recent years and tackling it is enshrined in both law and adult social work practice through the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and Care Act statutory guidance. But it remains a challenging area for social workers to navigate in relation to identifying and supporting victims, inter-agency working and understanding the law. This session will:

  • Review social workers’ duties under the Modern Slavery Act and analyse how well these duties are being met
  • Advise on spotting the signs of modern slavery and understanding what you need to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked or enslaved
  • Offer practical tips on how to work sensitively with victims of modern slavery and how to overcome the barriers to them engaging with you and seeking help


Emilie Martin, operations manager for anti-trafficking and modern slavery operations service, The Salvation Army

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