Statutory guidance

Modern slavery: how to identify and support victims

Describes the signs that someone may be a victim of modern slavery, the support available to victims, and the process for determining whether someone is a victim.

Applies to England and Wales


Modern Slavery: statutory guidance for England and Wales (under s49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015) and non-statutory guidance for Scotland and Northern Ireland

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This guidance is for:

  • First Responder Organisations
  • organisations with a duty to notify the Home Office when encountering a potential victim of modern slavery
  • other organisations involved in the identification of potential victims of modern slavery
  • decision makers at the Single Competent Authority
  • organisations offering support to potential victims and victims of modern slavery

A Welsh version will be available shortly.

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Published 24 March 2020
Last updated 14 June 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance in line with the commencement of devolved decision making for child victims, alongside other general updates

  2. Updated guidance in line with changes to the 'Adults at risk in immigration detention' policy.

  3. Updated statutory guidance for use on or after April 1 2021.

  4. Updated guidance to reflect the new Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract.

  5. Guidance updated.

  6. Amendment to the policy, document replaced.

  7. Removed guidance on temporary changes to the policy on the 'move-on period' as the policy has now expired.

  8. Update to the temporary change to the policy on the ‘move-on period’ added.

  9. Replaced the Modern Slavery Act 2015: statutory guidance for England and Wales document, Welsh version to follow.

  10. Temporary change to the policy on the ‘move-on period guidance added.

  11. Added Welsh version of the statutory guidance.

  12. First published.