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Human Trafficking - Modern Slavery - 1189/20

Date Responded 02 September 2020

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held at the time of a request, by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked:

  1. Budgets/funding or any other resources directly allocated by the Authority towards anti-trafficking activities and/or activities to combat ‘modern slavery' in 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years (i.e. dedicated projects, anti-trafficking operations, members of staff, information campaigns etc.) and what these activities are.
  2. If available, a copy of the organisational strategy or any other document which sets out what actions are to be taken by the Authority to combat trafficking in human beings and/or ‘modern slavery’ as mandated by the UK Modern Slavery Act (2015).

In Response:

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with both the Finance and Crime Departments of Northumbria Police.  I can confirm that the information you have requested is held, in part, by Northumbria Police.

I am able to disclose the located information to you as follows.

1  No information held with regards to specific budget/funding.  The Finance Department does not hold information on budgets/funding directly allocated by the Force towards anti-trafficking activities and/or activities to combat ‘modern slavery’ as there is no separate budget for Human Trafficking and modern slavery.

However, please note that there is a dedicated team, Complex Abuse Investigation Unit which investigates complex enquiries into Child Sexual Exploitation and Modern Slavery/Human Trafficking.  Specialist trained officers within the team investigate a number of operations in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.  In addition Northumbria Police have two Victim Hubs which provide a multi-agency approach to support victims and witness of Sexual and Criminal exploitation, Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.  Both Victims Hubs are co-located and work with both statutory and non-statutory partner agencies.  The Victims Hubs are designed to provide specialist support to both children and adults amounting to both safeguarding and obtaining evidential accounts to support investigations.

The Complex Abuse Investigation Unit works in conjunction with other forces and the National Crime Agency to tackle Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

There are no additional documents from the ones previously supplied to you/or advised where available in our responses to your previous requests FOI’s 859/17 and 278/16 refer.  Please note that currently there is a review underway of the strategic documents in relation to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking which will set out the plan to tackle these issues set against the National delivery plan, Police and Crime Plan and Northumbria Police control strategies.

 

Northumbria Police can neither confirm nor deny that any other information is held relevant to your request as the duty in Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply by virtue of the following exemption:

Section 23(5) Information Supplied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies

Section 23 is a class based absolute exemption and there is no requirement to consider the public interest test in this area.

By confirming or denying that Northumbria Police holds any other information would contravene the constrictions laid out within Section 23 of the Freedom of information Act 2000 in that this stipulates a generic bar on disclosure of any information applied by, or concerning, certain Security Bodies. 

In order to aid and assist you further we can advise that there is information available in the public domain which may be of interest to you, please see the following links:

http://www.antislaverycommissioner.co.uk/media/1329/independent-anti-slavery-commissioners-strategic-plan-19-21-screen-readable.pdf

https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/what-we-do/crime-threats/modern-slavery-and-human-trafficking

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/major-investigation-and-public-protection/modern-slavery/

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