Slavery helpline opens in UKSeptember 2014
The NSPCC is working with the UK government to support a new?modern slavery helpline (0800 0121 700). The free, 24/7 service, funded solely by the Home Office, will be run by the NSPCC helpline team in a bid to help identify victims of slavery in the UK.
NSPCC helpline practitioners, who are already trained to help identify children who are being trafficked, have received additional training from the? NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre, the Metropolitan Police Trafficking and Kidnap Unit and the Home Office on how to recognise the signs of modern slavery. Last year 1746 cases of human trafficking were reported to the UK Human Trafficking Centre and approximately 450 of these involved children.
Peter Watt, the NSPCC’s Director of National Services, said:?“It’s horrifying that 180 years after slavery was officially abolished there are still people in the UK who are victims today.”
Callers to the new helpline can remain anonymous - however any information that can protect a child or adult from slavery will be passed to the police or children’s services.
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