The Office of the UK Anti Slavery Commissioner’s office has just announced the provision of a ‘counter trafficking toolkit’ to facilitate easier co-operation across multiple agencies, public sector and business actors – but what makes an effective ‘tool kit’ nowadays?
This particular ‘kit’, has been developed ‘to help guide practitioners in their work to tackle modern slavery through the sharing of resources and good practice examples, to inspire action and prevent duplication’. It has been resourced through the IASC office and drawn across expertise from the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham alongside the UK Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group. There was something a lot like this drawn together by the UK Human Trafficking Centre when it was based up in Sheffield before the emergence of the Modern Slavery Act, so it is good to see a post 2015 version evolved and put into the public domain.
Available on line it includes a bunch of procedural and legal ‘how to effect Multi Agency partnerships on paper’ with some helpful ideas around planning awareness campaigns or reviewing survivor/victim care plans:
A partnership checklist – to help organisations to review their needs and highlight relevant resources available on the website
A governance library – a library of sample documentation that can be used by different agencies to help formalise partnership working
Downloadable resources – information to help with partnership working, such as how to plan an awareness campaign, engaging with different partners, or reviewing survivor care plans
Reports and legislation round up – a collection of up-to-date legislation and guidance
A UK Training Library – access to free training resources
A helpful gathering together of useful information for those involved in UK based counter trafficking work to keep work neat, tidy, safe and legally compliant. As with all tool-kits it hopes to build efficiency and professional delivery on the part of those who make use of its various instruments.
Labour Trafficking and Multi Agency Cooperation TEAMWORK!
A recent report from the Netherlands just out – TEAMWORK – is a comprehensive tool kit, designed to strengthen multidisciplinary cooperation against trafficking for labour exploitation in the EU. The report was developed in co-operation with a panel of experts gathered from Luxembourg, Slovakia and Malta, (countries which will take on the EU presidency in the periods before and after the six month run currently in hand with the Netherlands). The report was commissioned in preparation for the Netherlands presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2016, and there is comprehensive mustering of all the usual organisations which are implicated, trade unions, business associations, employment regulators, recruitment agencies and business, alongside prosecutors, judges, revenue and customs, immigration services, police, border agencies, and judges.
For those looking to consider the various implications of how an early British exit from Europe might impact on the UK’s ability to co-operate on European wide challenges for data and police resourcing of investigations and information sharing, the sections on the work of EMPACT (the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Crime Threats) which builds on the work of Europol, Eurojust, CEPOL, Frontex and Interpol from the 25 EU member states, and Switzerland, will be of particular interest. The stated role of EMPACT is “to disrupt organised criminal groups involved in intra-EU human trafficking and human trafficking from the most prevalent external source countries for the purposes of labour exploitation and sexual exploitation; including those groups using Legal Business
Structures to facilitate or disguise their criminal activities”
The role of continued upskilling and training for all sectors incorporated in the report is particularly highlighted and fits well with the courses which CCARHT will be running out over the summer – in co-operation with a number of providers of professional service training. Do be in touch to discuss your personal or organisational requirements on this.
Do let us know your reflections on this report. We are seeking to extend our understanding of what works and what has proved disappointing, what is in particular need of development in Multi Agency Co-operation and what are the continued gaps in understanding around the human rights abuse and internationally recognised crime of trafficking for labour exploitation – as we drive forward our own research into deepening early detection and enhanced victim care. Informed co-operation across multiple sectors is vital – but still appears to be seriously challenging – with different State’s working practices, legislation, bureaucratic procedures, employment cultures and political priorities impeding rapid development of co-ordinated and efficient interventions. Our associates and readers thoughts after reading the report are welcomed.