Dorset Police Pilot new Modern Slavery Referral Scheme

To mark this year’s Anti Slavery Day, Dorset Police has confirmed it is one of the first forces in the UK to pilot a new Modern Slavery referral scheme. Instead of referrals being handled centrally by the UK Human Trafficking Centre, the referral and assessment is done at local level.

The move follows a review of the National Referral Mechanism last year. The new scheme, also being piloted in West Yorkshire, has established a central case management unit; multi-disciplinary decision-making panels and introduces new Slavery Safeguarding Leads from this month.

Head of Major Crime, DCI Stewart Balmer said ‘Slavery Safeguarding Leads will have a vital role in decision making on modern slavery cases. They will be responsible for referring cases of potential victims for consideration by the regional multi-disciplinary panel. Upon referral, the individual will gain access to immediate help and support.’

Slavery Safeguarding Leads will be established in all relevant public authorities including the police; NHS; local authorities;Gangmasters Licensing Authority;Border Force; UK Visas and Immigration.

For more information, see the Dorset Police website.

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