First time national police guidance is developed on modern slavery
Estimates have shown the number of victims of modern slavery in the UK could be as high as
We have now published national policing guidance, known as
Authorised Professional Practice, on our website for consultation to get the views of the public, charities and others involved in tackling modern slavery.
The consultation closes on 13 March 2015.
It has been written to give frontline officers instant access to the latest information on investigating modern slavery offences and protecting victims from human trafficking and forced labour.
It is the first time the police service has developed specific national guidance on this area of public protection.
The professional guidance highlights:
National policing lead for modern slavery Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said:
“The police service across the UK is committed to combating modern slavery, which is a global problem with an estimated 20-30 million victims worldwide.
“Contrary to common belief, modern slavery is prevalent even here in our own country and it has recently been estimated that there are currently up to 13,000 victims of slavery in the UK.
“For the police service, our overriding focus is to improve our ability to identify, rescue and support victims and in doing so ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.
“The Authorised Professional Practice for modern slavery which has been developed with the College of Policing will be an invaluable tool in the policing response to, and the investigation of, modern slavery.”