Tackling modern slavery: a council guide

The purpose of this guide for councils is to increase awareness of modern slavery and provide clarity for councils on their role in tackling it.


As councillors and leaders of local places, we all need to be aware that the UK is a source, transit and destination country for modern slavery. The Home Office estimated that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK. This means that there is a good chance modern slavery is taking place in the towns, cities and villages where we live.

In developing this guidance, the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board has worked with the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, Kevin Hyland OBE. We would encourage all our members to draw on the resources of the Commissioner and other local partners to help stop slavery and are grateful for their work and input.

In early 2018, the LGA held five regional workshops to help councils understand their role in tackling modern slavery, including identifying slavery, working in partnership and supporting victims. Presentations from the events in London, Newcastle, Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham are available on our events page.  

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