Conservative Government recommits support to victims on Anti-Slavery Day

Home Secretary Priti Patel has pledged to consign modern slavery to the history books as the Government marked Anti-Slavery Day by urging the public to play their part in stamping out this barbaric practice. A series of events took place aimed at raising public awareness of how...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019

£10 million investment underpins new Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre

Efforts to uncover the true scale of modern slavery, expose more trafficking networks and better inform action aimed at stamping out these crimes have been boosted following news of the Government’s investment of £10 million to create a cutting-edge Policy and Evidence Centre for...
Posted On 15 Jul 2019

Victims of crime support overhauled with unveiling of cross-Government Victims Strategy

Support for the victims of crime will be overhauled following the launch of the inaugural cross-Government Victims Strategy in which Justice Secretary David Gauke sets out how the Government will ensure that support for victims – including those of violent offences such as...
Posted On 11 Sep 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May urges international action designed to stamp out modern slavery

Within the margins of the recent UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Theresa May sought to galvanise international action on stamping out modern slavery when bringing together political leaders, representatives of international organisations and a series of experts. The Prime...
Posted On 26 Sep 2016

CIPS Survey: “UK SMEs overwhelmingly unaware of Modern Slavery Act’s impact on businesses”

The positive cascading effects on SMEs’ supply chain management as a result of the Modern Slavery Act are already being called into question as a direct result of new research* compiled by the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). From 1 April this year, under...
Posted On 29 Mar 2016

Human trafficking prosecutions on the rise as British law enforcers sign up to new Action Plan

The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales, Scotland’s Lord Advocate and the Public Prosecutor for Northern Ireland have signed up to an Action Plan committing their respective organisations to work together in order to react to the changing nature of human...
Posted On 29 Feb 2016

CIPS Survey: UK businesses “woefully unprepared” for Modern Slavery Act’s reporting requirements

UK businesses are “woefully unprepared” for the Modern Slavery Act’s reporting requirement ahead of the key date of Friday 1 April. One-in-five UK supply chain managers are unaware of the new rules. 27% don’t fully understand what their business is required to...
Posted On 03 Feb 2016
Karen Bradley MP

Home Office duty places onus on big businesses to “improve transparency” in supply chains

In future, big businesses will have to publicly state each year what action they’ve taken to ensure their supply chains are free from modern slavery. The Transparency in Supply Chains duty that has been announced by Conservative MP and Home Office minister Karen Bradley...
Posted On 03 Nov 2015
The Home Office's new legislation on Modern Slavery comes into force today

Offenders facing life imprisonment as Modern Slavery Act comes into force

Criminals convicted of human trafficking and modern slavery face being sentenced to life in prison from today (Friday 31 July) as the Modern Slavery Act comes into force. The first series of measures to be enforced, which are focused on criminal justice provisions, include:...
Posted On 31 Jul 2015
Prime Minister David Cameron

Conservatives outline security and policing plans in General Election Manifesto

The Conservative Party’s Manifesto for the 2015 General Election contains detailed sections on fighting crime and terrorism, and also places a strong emphasis on standing up for the victims of crime. Brian Sims takes a look at the Tories’ proposed plans for a post-7...
Posted On 15 Apr 2015