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Modern slavery

Authorised Professional Practice

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This page is from APP, the official source of professional practice for policing.

Major investigation and public protection

All modules within APP on modern slavery are under review. This includes the implications for the UK leaving the European Union – please see APP on international investigation for latest available detail on specific areas such as:

  • Schengen Information System
  • Europol
  • Interpol
  • Joint Investigation Teams

Authorised Professional Practice (APP) on modern slavery has been written in response to the yearly increase in the number of modern slavery victims, and the launch of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The APP has been developed by the College to fulfil the requirement to set standards for policing. The National Operational Lead for Modern Slavery has been closely involved, as has the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Modern Slavery Human Trafficking Unit (MSHTU), Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA), Home Office, European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats (EMPACT) and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

The information contained here is based on the professional expertise of selected members of the police service, wider law enforcement organisations and voluntary sector practitioners. It supports, and is supported by, other areas of policing practice, and will become part of APP on major investigation and public protection (see Authorised Professional Practice).

APP on modern slavery includes information on:

  • key responsibilities
  • risk and identification
  • reporting and referring into the national referral mechanism
  • investigative strategy
  • intelligence gathering
  • prevention and disruption
  • challenges and solutions
  • victim and witness care
  • key partner agencies
  • legislation
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