What’s in a counter Trafficking Toolkit?

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.toolkit

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.

Its available through https://iasctoolkit.nottingham.ac.uk/#



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