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This newsletter is designed to update you on the latest resources available via the anti-slavery partnership toolkit. Every month we highlight new documents, and also call for examples from our readers, which could help to fill an existing gap in knowledge. Sharing learning is essential to building evidence about effective action against modern slavery, and we are keen to develop the impact of both the toolkit, and anti-slavery partnership work more broadly. If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us.
The current landscape
New research mapping new trends in modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK
Understanding risks of exploitation for vulnerable migrant workers in the UK during Covid-19
Dr Oana Burcu, Dr Alison Gardner, and Charlotte Gray - Rights Lab
This project aimed to understand how Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers in the UK (particularly seasonal workers) have been impacted by Covid-19. The report presents findings including key challenges faced by workers and businesses, and recommendations going forward.
The report can be accessed under 'Covid-19' here.
Covid-19, Vulnerability and the Safeguarding of Criminally Exploited Children
Dr Ben Brewster and Dr Grace Robinson, Rights Lab
This is the third briefing from research investigating the impacts of Covid-19 on child criminal exploitation and County Lines. Findings indicate that restrictions introduced in response to the pandemic have hindered the ability of youth workers to safeguard vulnerable young people and increased difficulties in identifying and responding to victims of County Lines exploitation.
The briefing can be accessed under 'Covid-19' here.
The Passage Modern Slavery Service Annual Report (April 2020 to March 2021)
Dr Júlia Tomás
This report reviews how homeless victims of modern slavery were supported by The Passage Modern Slavery Service over the past year, and makes recommendations for future practice regarding the intersection of modern slavery and homelessness.
The report can be accessed under 'Homeless Sector' here.
Tools for Partnerships New resources that may be of use to anti-slavery partnership members Developing a localised Problem Profile for Modern Slavery: why and how? Dr Alison Gardner, Dr Ben Brewster, and Dr Phil Northall - Rights Lab and Nottinghamshire Police The 'problem profile' for modern slavery in Nottinghamshire maps out the prevalence and nature of modern slavery in Nottingham in order to inform police and partnership activity. The following guide is a product of that profile, and presents learning from the collaborative process alongside guidance to inform similar activities by other UK partnerships. The guide and Nottinghamshire problem profile can both be accessed under 'Problem Profiles'here. National Referral Mechanism: Toolkit for First Responders in Scotland This toolkit was created and produced by multiple First Responder agencies and other stakeholders in Scotland. This toolkit aims to improve the formal identification of victims through the NRM in Scotland, ensuring that both frontline staff and potential victims are clear on the process and potential outcomes of the NRM. The toolkit can be accessed under 'NRM Referral' here.