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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.
Modern Slavery and Law Enforcement Policing County Lines: Impact of Covid-19 Dr Ben Brewster and Dr Grace Robinson, Rights Lab
This interim research briefing presents findings from an ongoing research project. It indicates that restrictions introduced in response to Covid-19 have forced adaptations in the methods used by Country Lines drug supply networks and have impacted upon the ways law enforcement work to detect and dismantle Country Lines activity, as well as safeguard those vulnerable to criminal exploitation.
The briefing can be accessed here.
National Enforcement Powers Guide (England and Wales) Kate Rolle (Ed.), Home Office
This guide aims to facilitate a faster tactical multi-agency response to modern slavery. The guide can be used to support agencies to understand and develop key processes when finding victims and offenders of exploitation. It is aimed at all professionals in law enforcement and associated organisations who encounter victims and perpetrators of modern slavery.
Note that the guide includes specific sections on Local Authority Housing Enforcement, Licensing, and Planning.
The guide can be accessed here.
The Future of Anti-Slavery Efforts What Looks Promising for Tackling Modern Slavery: A review of practice-based research Ruth Van Dyke with Anta Brachou, Bakhita Centre for Research on Slavery, Exploitation and Abuse
This comprehensive review of research identifies 'what looks promising' for anti-slavery efforts. The report identifies strengths in the sector that can be shared and built upon, and pays specific attention to partnership working in the contexts of holistic support and law enforcement. Recommendations include guidance for good practice, training materials, policy design and implementation, data collection, survivor involvement and support, and law enforcement.
This report was commissioned in discussion with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner.
The report can be accessed here.