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Modern slavery: Professional resources

This page provides information and resources for all nursing and midwifery staff working in any setting. The resources provide guidance and advice for anyone who will encounter people impacted by modern slavery.

RCN resources

RCN Modern Slavery pocket guide. This guide has been developed to help nurses and midwives identify victims of slavery and help people find the assistance and support they need.

RCN Modern Slavery wheel. A flyer outlining what modern slavery, the key signs and what nursing staff should do if they suspect it is happening.

Useful resources 

Anti-Slavery Commissioner’s (IASC) office & University of Nottingham (2018) Anti-Slavery Partnership Toolkit. This online toolkit to help local organisations and agencies work better together to tackle modern slavery. 
Centre for Social Justice (2015) A modern response to modern slavery. This report looks at how policy makers and law enforcement across the European Union could develop a more modern response to modern slavery. 

Crown Prosecution Service (2018) Modern Slavery Report 2017-2018. This report shows that charges for modern slavery offences have risen by more than a quarter in the last year.  

Department of Health (2013) Modern slavery: identifying and supporting victims. This guidance sets out actions for health care staff who suspect that a patient may be a victim of human trafficking and slavery.

e-Learning for Healthcare. Identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery. This online resource provides an overview of the issue of modern slavery. It is aimed at helping all health care staff recognise the signs that someone has been trafficked, and to take appropriate action with confidence.

Home Office (2014) Modern slavery strategy. Launched in November 2014, the modern slavery strategy sets out a comprehensive cross-government approach to fighting modern slavery.   

Home Office (2016) Modern slavery: duty to notify. Factsheet and posters that explain what you need to do if you think someone has been a victim of modern slavery.

Home Office (2017) Modern slavery. This page brings together documents and promotional material related to the government’s work to end modern slavery. 

Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (2016) Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner: annual report 2016.  

Louise Cahill, RN (2018) Modern Slavery: a role for nurses. Presented at RCN Congress fringe event May 2018, this presentation explores how to recognise where modern slavery and or trafficking is happening and introduces the modern slavery tool which advises on what to do.
National Audit Office (2017) Reducing modern slavery. This report suggests that until the government is able to establish effective oversight of the modern slavery system as a whole, it will not be able to significantly reduce the prevalence of modern slavery or show that it is achieving value for money.
NHS England. Modern slavery awareness video. This video will support staff to understand the signs and symptoms of modern slavery and how to support victims.

NHS England (2016) Call to action video: Modern slavery awareness.
Nursing Standard Podcasts (2018) Listen to Louise Cahill talking about Helping victims of modern slavery. 
Public Health England (2017) Modern slavery and public healthThis research summary looks at the role of public health in dealing with modern slavery.

Page last updated - 12/10/2018