What is Modern Slavery?
- A person living at the workplace with the employer
- Someone being housed with multiple people in a cramped living space
- A person who has no identification or travel documents
- Signs of physical abuse and/or psychological effects
- A third party insists on being present or interpreting any conversations
You can contact Sefton Council's Safeguarding team via 0345 140 0845 or Merseyside Police on 101 if you or somebody you know is a victim of modern slavery. In an emergency always call 999.
For more information on Modern Slavery and spotting the signs click here.
Ethical Consumer Advice
The National Crime Agency is urging people to think twice about the businesses they use and where they spend their money through their Ethical Consumer Campaign.
Sefton’s Commitment to Eradicate Slavery
On 25th April 2019, a Council motion was passed for the Council to commit to helping eradicate slavery and labour exploitation and a number of principles were agreed.
“This Council commits to helping eradicate slavery and labour exploitation. As an organisation who believes and promotes ethical working standards, we will endeavour to ensure that all Council policies, procedures and practices are fully compliant with relevant slavery and labour standards legislation. We will actively seek to only use suppliers who uphold these principles. We will promote our charter by raising awareness, educating and supporting both within our organisation and those we come into contact with.”
In September 2020, the Home Office introduced new measures to tackle modern slavery in supply chains which will hold businesses and public bodies accountable for tackling modern slavery. This updated guidance, explains how businesses should comply with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and requires all large businesses to produce an annual statement for each financial year setting out the steps they have taken to prevent modern slavery in their business and supply chains.
Watch this short modern slavery film (below) from the Home Office