2.1 - The council's role in relation to modern slavery is broader than that of other commercial organisations required to publish a transparency statement and can be set out in four areas:
- identification and referral of victims
- supporting victims – this can be through safeguarding children and adults with care and support needs and through housing/ homelessness services
- community safety services, enforcement and disruption activities
- ensuring that procurement processes ensure that supply chains are free from modern slavery
2.2 - The Council acknowledges its role in working across the city to raise awareness of the signs of modern slavery, identifying those vulnerable to it and responding with partners to incidents. This work involves a variety of council services and partners including the Port, UK Border Force, Civil Contingencies, Environmental Health and Trading Standards, Licensing, Children's Social Care and Adults Social Care. There are quarterly meetings with port colleagues and Border Force to share intelligence, and the police have a sophisticated database to combat modern day slavery, which could be used to seek prosecution.
2.3 - Work to protect children and vulnerable adults who are trafficked and/or exploited is overseen by our local safeguarding boards including referral processes to the national Independent Child Trafficking Advocacy Service and multi-agency specialist groups (Missing Exploited and Trafficked Group - MET). See links below for further information: