The Passage launches today new research into the links between modern slavery and homelessness, commissioned by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE.
The report, entitled ‘Understanding and Responding to Modern Slavery Within the Homelessness Sector’, looks at the experiences of homelessness organisations across England in working with victims of modern slavery who have been homeless.
The role of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner was created as part of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. He commissioned this report following a renewed avowal from Prime Minister Theresa May, in July 2016 to continue the battle against modern slavery.
In 2015, the Home Office estimated that there were 13000 potential victims of modern slavery living in the UK.
Drawing on findings from a survey and from semi-structured interviews, the report provides a set of 12 recommendations to encourage the homelessness sector and the modern slavery sector to work more closely together and improve care for victims of modern slavery.
The report will be launched at an event held at The Passage in Victoria, London, bringing together a range of stakeholders from the homelessness and modern slavery sectors.
Kevin Hyland OBE, Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, says “We must do more to safeguard our country’s most vulnerable people. This report highlights the work that so urgently needs to take place. It is crucial that frontline organisations protect the homeless, before they fall victim to modern slavery, and support the enslaved, before they become rough sleepers on our streets. The time to act is now.”
Mick Clarke, CEO of The Passage says “It is our hope that this report acts as a catalyst to bring about the systemic change required to address this crime. To ensure that all organisations, voluntary or statutory, are fully aware of this issue, are equipped with the resources and training to address it, and work in a joined up way to ensure the most vulnerable are protected and those involved in this crime are brought to justice.”