We want to be able to support a wide range of practitioners who are currently playing their part in tackling serious and organised crime.

This takes many forms, and covers many specialisms and disciplines, including safeguarding, community safety, trading standards, mental health and social care, to name a few. By better informing you as a practitioner around trends, threats and models of serious and organised crime, we can better equip the workforce across Greater Manchester, and beyond.

We need practitioners to be the eyes and ears for communities, as well as delivering the excellent work they do to contribute to tackling organised crime. Practitioners will have access to a range of communities, individuals and spaces, and when we consider the totality of this, we can not only start to spot more of the signs of serious organised crime and exploitation, but put more meaningful interventions and disruptions in place, because we will be better informed of the whole picture of serious and organised crime.

The information contained on these pages will give you the knowledge and awareness about this type of criminality to enable you to be better equipped, and to be better informed about what your service or agency can do to tackle and disrupt it.


Greater Manchester guide to exploitation and organised immigration crime in the care sector

During 2023, there has been a national increase in reports of concern regarding potential modern slavery, human trafficking, labour abuse and organised immigration crime in the care sector. This guide has been produced for staff working in provider organisations, commissioning bodies, voluntary sector organisations and other public sector bodies who may come into contact with individuals working in the care sector.

Download the Greater Manchester care sector guide here

The Home Office Sponsorship Compliance Team have provided a set of FAQs around the sponsor licence process, particularly around suspension and revocations of licences.

Download the Sponsorship Licence FAQ document here

Sandwell Anti-Slavery Partnership have produced a Local Authority specific resource, part of which sets out checklists and other useful tools for local response development.

Download the Sandwell Anti-Slavery response to modern slavery and human trafficking resource here

New industry information published by the National Crime Agency - Modern slavery in construction 

The National Crime Agency has published new industry information to inform and support the construction sector to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking (MSHT) from supply chains.  The document provides an overview of MSHT in the sector, risk factors and potential indicators, and the role industry can play in tackling the issue by strengthening processes.

Read the Construction Industry Information here

Modern Slavery Toolkit developed by the Business Services Association

The Business Services Association's Modern Slavery Council has published a new toolkit providing guidance on understanding and mitigating Modern Slavery in the construction and Facilities Management Sector. It provides businesses of all sizes with the best-practice guide to addressing the risks of modern slavery within their organisations and beyond. The practical guidance spans from HR to Operations teams, from Procurement to frontline staff and is a valuable resource for any organisation operating in this sector 

Access the BSA Modern Slavery Toolkit here

Changes to NRM decision making

The Nationality and Borders Act 2022 introduced changes to first stage decision making for potential victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. We saw an immediate impact in Greater Manchester, with a decrease in the number of positive first stage decisions, and increase in appeals and decisions taking longer to be made. At the end of June 2023, it was announced that these changes were to be reviewed and new guidance was published in July 2023.

The sector specific information sheets below have been updated to reflect these changes.

Local Authority             NHS          Department for Work and Pensions/Job Centre Plus          Voluntary and Community Sector/Non-Governmental Organisations                     

Ukraine response

 In response to the conflict in Ukraine and the opening of the Homes for Ukraine visa scheme in the UK, the anti-slavery and trafficking sector have worked collaboratively to develop and make available resources to highlight, mitigate and prevent the risk of trafficking and exploitation for those using the scheme.  Practitioners implementing the scheme, supporting individuals on the scheme, or working in this area in any other way can access available resources at

 Ukraine Response — Human Trafficking Foundation


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