In Humberside, our partnership approach has ensured the appointment of a Coordinator position for the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. The post is based at the Wilberforce Institute and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside. The Operation Wilberforce taskforce within Humberside Police was established at the same time as the partnership to tackle Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking offences within the Humber area. This dedicated team provide specialist training, support, and guidance to colleagues to help them understand this complex issue in more detail. They also take the lead in investigating and responding to any allegations of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.
The development of the first Humber anti-slavery strategy and associated action plan was undertaken by the coordinator at the Wilberforce Institute in consultation with partner organisations across Humberside throughout Spring/Summer 2020. This consultation assisted with the formation of the strategy and helped to determine the future governance and structure of the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership. Contributors to the consultation included a cross-section of strategic and operational partners across all four local authorities in Humberside. The consultation allowed for the development of key themes and areas of action to determine what has been working well in Humberside since 2015, the challenges we have faced and feedback on how we can make our partnership approach to Modern Slavery consistent and sustainable.
The initial three-year strategy (2020-2023) set out Humberside’s approach to tackling Modern Slavery and how this could be achieved with an effective partnership-led focus. The strategy built on existing frameworks such as the Police and Crime Plan for Humberside as well as the 4Ps approach (Prevent, Protect, Prepare, Pursue) which is the recognised framework to counter Modern Slavery and Serious Organised Crime in the UK.
Strategic priorities for 2023-2026
To develop well-planned and consistent approach to local-level strategy implementation and planning across all four local authority areas in the Humber region including regular engagement with full council and regular scrutiny.
2. Resources and Capacity
To continue building our exceptional multi-agency approach to all aspects of modern slavery by ensuring all partners have access to and can benefit from the latest training, data, intelligence, and involvement with local authority forums.
3. Identifying and Supporting Adults
To develop an effective and consistent response to adults who are at risk of or affected by modern slavery in the Humber region. This response will be collaborative and reflect the highest standards of a trauma-informed approach.
4. Identifying and Supporting Children
To develop an effective and consistent response to children and young people who are at risk of or affected by modern slavery. Drawing on devolved decision-making powers and including the voice of the child this response will ensure the National Referral Mechanism equally benefits all children across the Humber region.
5. Disruption, Prevention, and Enforcement
To ensure partners and the wider public are properly equipped to work collaboratively to identify and address the structures and conditions that create environments in which modern slavery can occur in and around the Humber region.
Please view the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership Strategy 2023-2026.