Modern Slavery Act 2015 review: one year on
An independent review into the effectiveness of the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 one year after coming into effect.
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This independent review by barrister Caroline Haughey was commissioned by the Prime Minister in her previous role as Home Secretary.
The review looks at how well the criminal justice provisions in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 have been implemented and identifies gaps in the legislation, recommending ways to address issues identified.
Overall the review finds that:
the Modern Slavery Act has set an international benchmark to which other jurisdictions aspire
law enforcement agencies are using the powers in the act to increase the number of prosecutions and to support more victims of modern slavery
there is more to do to deliver greater consistency in how law enforcement and criminal justice agencies deal with the victims and perpetrators of modern slavery
better training, better intelligence and a more structured approach to identifying, investigating, prosecuting and preventing slavery is required
The government is considering the recommendations of the report.