IS THERE LEGISLATION?
LEGISLATION, CONVENTIONS AND GUIDANCE
In order to successfully tackle modern slavery and human trafficking, legislation in human trafficking together with statutory guidance and conventions are important.
1989 – THE CHILDREN ACT – It specifies that Local Authorities must perform their duties for ALL children regardless of immigration status, nationality, or documentation. The most pertinent of these duties includes the responsibility to promote their welfare, to make needed services available (like appropriate accommodation for looked-after children) and to prepare care plans for children where needed.
2015 – THE MODERN SLAVERY ACT – with this act, the UK became one of the first countries to introduce a law that better reflected the challenges of modern slavery, a crime that shares historic roots with slavery, but which has changed substantially since the Abolition of Slavery Act was passed.
This new law was spearheaded by the current Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she was Home Secretary. Globally, this new law is seen as the benchmark for anti-slavery laws.