Scheduled to take place shortly after Anti-Slavery Day this event will examine the progress made on the key provisions of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 following the release of a review of the Act a year on from its introduction commissioned by the Prime Minister alongside her announcement of a new cabinet taskforce. The event will consider the next steps for improving the identification and support of victims, improving the criminal justice response and increasing engagement with the private sector to create more ethical supply chains.
Delegates will examine how successful the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) has been at identifying and supporting victims of human trafficking and modern slavery as a report in April showed that 80% of victims suffer from mental health problems, how safeguards can be improved to protect child victims and the way forward for cross-sector collaboration to improve the identification of victims.
Sessions will provide an opportunity to consider emerging ways in which police forces can increase the number of cases of human trafficking referred to the NRM, the lessons to learnt from the initial pilot areas where changes to the NRM have been made as well as what training prosecutors need to ensure than can pass down appropriate judgements to perpetrators
Discussions will also focus on the ways to engage relevant companies in the private sector when it comes to developing more ethical supply chains and meeting the requirements of the new Annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.