New resource available for victims of modern slavery and exploitation

New resource available for victims of modern slavery and exploitation

Following resources provided by Nottinghamshire County Council, the Safer Nottinghamshire Board and Office of Police Crime Commissioner professionals working with people who they believe to be victims of modern slavery and exploitation can now refer to the Slavery Exploitation Risk Assessment Conference (SERAC) for advice and support as part of a new pilot.

The SERAC provides a forum where suspected or known cases of exploitation/slavery/trafficking can be discussed, in confidence, with an open exchange of information so that a multi-agency plan of action can be developed.

The overall aim of the SERAC is to provide a structure where professionals can refer known or suspected victims of exploitation or share situations where there may be suspicious activity. An action plan can then be developed to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of the victims.

Please note: This is currently a pilot for those individuals living within the Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe Area.

For the new referral form for Adult victims of Modern Slavery and further information on the Slavery Exploitation Risk Assessment Conference (SERAC) click here.

For further details, please contact Shamila.majid3@nottscc.gov.ukor call 01159773855

The following types of exploitation can be used as a guide as to when it may be appropriate to refer to the SERAC.

Cuckooing

Crime in which drug dealers take over the home of a vulnerable person in order to use it as a base for drug dealing/sex work.

Human Trafficking

Movement of people by means such as violence, deception or coercion with the aim of exploitation.

Forced Labour

Any work or service which people are forced to do against their will, through the use of violence, deception or coercion. This could include cases where the victim receives some form of remuneration.

Labour Exploitation

Treating workers unfairly for own benefit (i.e. car washes etc where workers are knowingly accepting jobs and working conditions, but they fall below the necessary standards).

Slavery

Slavery is any system in which principles of property law are applied to people, allowing individuals to own, buy and sell other individuals. In this instance, where type of slavery/exploitation cannot be defined under a separate heading.

Sexual Exploitation

Sexual slavery and sexual exploitation is attaching the right of ownership over one or more persons with the intent of coercing or otherwise forcing them to engage in sexual activities.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is physical force or mistreatment of one person by another which might or might not cause physical injury (often for the purpose of control).

Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation occurs when a person, or group of people, misuses or takes the assets of a vulnerable adult for his/her own personal benefit.

Suspicious Activity

Concerns raised by professionals or members of the public about activity around a person or address that warrants further investigation but doesn’t necessarily fit into another category initially.

Exploitation (not categorised elsewhere)

Utilising a person for own gain.

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities or reduced capacity, cannot) consent to the marriage (in this arena may coincide with domestic servitude).

Domestic Servitude

Domestic servitude is the seemingly normal practice of live-in help that is used as cover for the exploitation and control of someone.

Overcrowding

Often an indicator of trafficking and slavery – especially in cases of ‘hot bedding’. Monitored here to show links to slavery cases and those unrelated to slavery where issues referred to other relevant teams.

False Imprisonment

Intentional restriction of another person’s movement within any area without legal authority, justification or consent.

Criminal Exploitation

Individuals forced to be involved in criminal activity through coercion, control for the personal gain of exploiter. Or use of person’s address for criminal activity (i.e. cultivation of cannabis).

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