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First responders

All agencies and organisations who find themselves with grounds for concern that a person may be a victim of modern slavery have a responsibility for identifying the person as a possible victim and putting them in touch with the responsible authorities and support providers.

Only organisations classed as first responders can refer a potential victim of modern slavery into the National Referral Mechanism.

First responders for Sandwell council can be found in the following areas:

The following Agencies are also First Responders and can also be contacted
Police forces

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority
UK Border Force
Home Office Visas and Immigration
Home Office Immigration Enforcement
Local Authorities
Salvation Army
Poppy Project
Medaille Trust
New Pathways
Refugee Council

Guidance and support

If you are a professional the following information will provide guidance and support

Sandwell Modern Slavery procedures
Safeguarding trafficked children
Duty to notify guidance
Children's Social Care Referrals Procedure
National referral mechanism guidance
Safeguarding adults referral
Modern Slavery Statutory guidance
Report Modern Slavery to the NRM (National referral mechanism) 

Useful resources

UK Modern Slavery Helpline: 08000 121 700
West Midlands Police – advice on modern slavery
West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network – connecting organisations to tackle modern slavery
Home Office – Modern slavery: duty to notify – guidance on when and how to notify the Home Office
Home Office video – Modern slavery is closer than you think
Tackling modern slavery - a council guide
Barnardo’s Panel for Protection of Trafficked Children
International Labour Office –Forced Labour and Indicators of Forced Labour
Black Country Women’s Aid
The Salvation Army (24-hour confidential referral helpline): 0300 303 8151
Stop the Traffick: 0207 921 4258