A range of community initiatives are being undertaken, by Derby City Council’s Community Safety & Integration Service to prevent trafficking and modern day slavery and for child safeguarding.

Derby City Council is working in partnership with a range of organisations such as the British Red Cross, which offers a victim support service giving valuable advice and guidance to vulnerable people. Many of the initiatives aim to raise awareness of the key issues involved and offer training for prevention, as well as victim support.

Councillor Asaf Afzal, Cabinet Member for Cohesion and Integration said:

Our work on Modern Slavery goes towards supporting one of the eight priorities in the Derby City Council plan to protect vulnerable children, young people, adults and older people. We are committed to working with communities and partner organisations to deliver early intervention and prevention initiatives which will enable vulnerable people in Derby to access the support they need.

Modern Slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour, human trafficking and exploitation. The Derby & Derbyshire Modern Slavery Partnership was established in January 2015 and includes partners from the police, public, faith, voluntary and community sectors. The aim of the partnership is to support and enable the discovery of and response to incidents of human trafficking & modern slavery through a victim centred and collaborative community effort.

Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery, where an individual is moved or recruited using threats, deception, abduction or other means, for the purposes of exploitation. It covers not only the trafficking of individuals from foreign countries in or out of the UK, but also covers individuals who have been trafficked domestically, be they of foreign nationality or UK citizens. Trafficking and slavery take advantage of vulnerable adults and children in our communities.

To report a suspected case of trafficking or modern slavery the public are advised to email Project Advenus or telephone 0300 122 8939 for advice and information.

Derby City Council is committed to a 15 year vision for Derby to be a place where people are safe and the vulnerable are put first and supported. We will continue to work in partnership with the community and local organisations to achieve this outcome.