The new Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract
Following an open procurement exercise, we are pleased to announce today (29 June 2020) the new Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract (MSVCC) has been awarded to The Salvation Army. This five-year contract will provide support to adult victims of modern slavery and their dependents in England and Wales.
Potential and confirmed victims of modern slavery will be able to access more flexible support under an improved service. As part of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the new VCC will ensure the safeguarding and protection of victims as well as provide tailored support to individual recovery needs, lifting victims out of situations of exploitation and putting them in a position where they can begin to rebuild their lives with increased resilience against future exploitation.
As with the existing contract, all victims’ needs will be individually determined on entry to the service, continually re-assessed throughout and considered again when they are preparing to leave. But the new contract will allow for more specialised services to meet those needs, including varied accommodation and improved support for those with complex requirements.
The new contract will go live later this year, following a period of transition from the current service. Please find details of the announcement here.
Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre Consultation on Research Priorities
The Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (Modern Slavery PEC) is about to launch a wide-ranging consultation that will influence its priorities for the next four years. The four main areas of the Centre’s work are preventing modern slavery; understanding survivor needs and enhancing victim support; modern slavery in business supply chains; and the effectiveness of legal enforcement measures. The consultation will last until the end of September. Its first major element is a survey for stakeholders including academics, policymakers, NGOs and survivors to provide feedback that will be fed into engagement events going forward.
If you would like you to be a part of this important process and share your views on the direction of future research priorities for the Centre, please email Matt Chaudhry (firstname.lastname@example.org), as soon as possible, letting us know you are content for your email address to be shared with the Modern Slavery PEC.
Recovery Needs Assessment
Through the Recovery Needs Assessment (RNA) process, support will continue to be provided to confirmed victims for as long as they have a recovery need, or until these needs can be met through wider mainstream services. Where it is not possible or safe for a confirmed victim to transition into other services, they will continue to receive support through the Victim Care Contract (VCC).
The RNA informs a tailored move-on plan which provides certainty for a confirmed victim in relation to their ongoing support and the minimum timescales that this support will be in place. If the confirmed victim’s recovery needs change or the confirmed victim requires a longer period of support, their support worker can carry out a further RNA to request this. All confirmed victims will continue to receive support while awaiting a decision on their RNA move-on plan.
The RNA decision is communicated to the victim through their support worker. Where the RNA decision determines that ongoing support services are no longer needed (across any of the three support pillars: accommodation; financial support; support worker contact) those elements of the victim’s support package will be expected to come to an end within 9 working days after the decision has been issued, or at the end of their minimum post-Conclusive Grounds 45 calendar day move-on period, whichever is later. This position will be clarified in upcoming updates to the RNA guidance.
Finally, you can sign up here to be added to the mailing list. If you have any queries about this update or you have any feedback that you would like us to reflect on for future newsletters, please let us know at NRMReform@homeoffice.gov.uk.
Where there is a concern about an individual case, this should be raised directly with The Salvation Army Contract Management Team by email toMST@salvationarmy.org.uk. Please provide the individual's written consent to the enquiry being made on their behalf, along with their full identity details (name, address, date of birth) and unique ATT reference number, if known.