Addressing Modern Slavery in the UK’s Care Industry: A Call for Change

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In a troubling revelation, reports of modern slavery cases within the UK’s care industry have surged dramatically. Over the past year, there has been an astonishing increase of over 100 per cent in reported instances of modern slavery, a deeply concerning trend that demands our attention.

Between January and March this year alone, there were 109 potential victims identified – a figure that has doubled compared to the same period in 2023, according to reports by the BBC. Unseen, a UK-based anti-slavery charity, has been at the forefront of combating this grave issue and reported that their helpline experienced an unprecedented surge in activity in 2022. Cases involving “sex trafficking, forced labour, and domestic servitude” reached a troubling “record high”.

The Role of Palm Cove Society

Amidst this distressing scenario, there emerges a glimmer of hope in the form of organisations like Palm Cove Society. As a company dedicated to supporting victims of modern slavery, Palm Cove Society is committed to providing not only accommodation but also the much-needed support and resources for survivors to rebuild their lives. In the face of such adversity, Palm Cove Society stands as a beacon of hope, offering a chance for a new beginning to those who have endured unimaginable suffering.

This is a situation that calls for immediate action and awareness. In May, Unseen reported an alarming 116 per cent increase in potential victims of modern slavery compared to the previous year, highlighting the urgency of addressing this pressing concern.

The Path Forward

As we face the grim reality of modern slavery within the UK’s care industry, we must unite to drive change and offer a brighter future for those who have suffered enough.

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Unfortunately, we are not a direct access hostel, as we receive all our accommodation referrals from contracted providers.

However, should you require advice on where you can access safe, appropriate housing, please feel free to give us a call and we will be more than happy to sign post you!

We support vulnerable adults including survivors of trafficking and slavery, individuals fleeing domestic abuse and forced marriage.

We provide emergency accommodation and financial support in addition to personalised 1-to-1 social support. All of our clients are allocated their own advocacy worker who will support them with their social recovery needs and reintegration into the community in a way that incorporates their own wishes and values.  

Safehouses are accommodation that are safe and secure, confidential locations to house those fleeing abuse, exploitation and trafficking. Safehouses are designed to be a safe space for individuals to call their home while they reflect and recover from their past experiences until they are ready to move on into their own home.

The National Referral Mechanism is the United Kingdom’s governmental framework used to identify and refer those who have been victim of trafficking and slavery into appropriate support services.

Slavery is a crime that covers various forms of exploitation; trafficking, slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour, debt bondage and forced marriage. 

Trafficking is the act of transporting, recruiting, or harbouring human beings with the intention to exploit them. Exploitation can be in the form of; criminality, organ removal, forced labour/prostitution, forced marriage.

NRPF stands for No Recourse To Public Funds. A person will have NRPF if they are subject to immigration control. Having no recourse means that a person is not eligible to access public funds such as state benefits, local authority housing should they require it. However, there are some exceptions to this.