Cheshire East
Safeguarding Adults Board

Modern Slavery

Modern slavery can happen anywhere and to anyone who is vulnerable. Since 2015 the numbers of victims in Cheshire are steadily increasing.

"Modern slavery" includes:

  • human trafficking
  • slavery
  • servitude
  • forced compulsory labour.

Modern slavery is real and happening all around us. Keep a look out for the signs of slavery.

Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to force individuals into a life of abuse and inhumane treatment.

  • Poverty
  • limited opportunities
  • lack of education
  • unstable social
  • political conditions
  • economic imbalances
  • war

These are the key driving forces that contribute to the trafficking of victims into, through and across the UK. It is estimated that there are 10,000-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK with this number continually rising.

How to Report Modern Slavery

Making sure that people can report any suspicions they have in a safe and confidential environment is vital. If you want to report a suspicion that you think may be modern slavery related contact the Modern Slavery Helpline. Alternatively you can contact Cheshire Police on 101 or Adult Social Care by clicking the red button at the bottom of this page. If someone is in immediate danger, please call 999. There is also a 24 Referral Helpline hosted by the Salvation Army on 0300 3038151.

Modern Slavery Training

CESAB Partners attended an ADASS ‘Train the Trainer’ Slavery Event, this training is now being rolled out across partner agencies; please contact your CESAB representative to see if this is available in your agency.

E-learning / Resources

Resources and up to date e-learning is available on the Modern Slavery Partnership training and resources page.

  • The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying and referring potential victims of Modern Slavery and ensuring they receive appropriate support. This short film produced by the National County Lines Coordination Centre explains that process.

Useful links