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Modern Slavery

 South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Pocket Book

 Modern Slavery Act 2015

NHSE - Awareness Raising

Modern Slavery: How is the UK leading the fight

Modern Slavery Victims


The expression ‘modern slavery’ is an umbrella term for activities involved when a person(s) obtains or holds other person(s) in compelled service; it includes, slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour and human trafficking. Often victims of modern slavery experience a number of abuses and are exploited for various ‘purposes’ these include but are not limited to:

  • Sexual exploitation
  • Labour exploitation
  • Forced criminality.
  • Domestic servitude
  • Organ harvesting

Individuals may experience multiple forms of exploitation and/or abuse.

The introduction of the UK Modern Slavery Act in 2015 brought about a number of changes to drive the national response to modern slavery. The introduction of the Act consolidated existing offenses and provided new legal definitions for Slavery, Servitude, Forced or Compulsory Labour; Human Trafficking and Meaning of Exploitation.

NHS Rotherham CCG fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking but does not meet the requirements for producing an annual slavery and Human Trafficking Statement as set out in the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

NHS Rotherham CCG acknowledges the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) guidance: adult (England and Wales) Updated 29th November 2019 - This is a framework for identifying and referring potential victims of modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support. NRM guidance, referral, assessment for victims of modern slavery.

NHS Rotherham CCG works closely as a NHS partner with the South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Partnership (SYMSP). The Partnership was launch in 2019, NHS Rotherham CCG full support the SYMSP Priorities: PREPARE: Improve partnership working across South Yorkshire, PREVENT: Increase awareness of modern slavery and human trafficking, PROTECT: Improve identification and enhanced support for survivors, PURSUE: Increase detection and prosecution of perpetrators. Since its launch the SYMSP have worked together to create the SYMSP Pocketbook for Professionals, develop a website and deliver online training for Health and Social Care professionals.