The purpose of the Anti-Slavery Partnership (ASP) model is to support and enable the discovery of and response to incidents of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation through a victim-centred, multi-agency and collaborative community effort at both a local and regional level.

The ASP aims to support victims, disrupt criminal activity and prosecute perpetrators.

The main risks and threats slavery presents to the different localities and the region have been assessed using the Government's 4Ps approach; pursue, prevent, protect and prepare. Each partnership has responsibility to develop and then implement an action plan based upon the risks and needs identified and report back to the regional board about the activity they have undertaken on a quarterly basis.

The partnerships involved in the ASP, at a minimum are expected to:

  • Raise awareness of the issue amongst frontline staff across all sectors
  • Train people to spot the signs of trafficking and modern slavery and know where to go for help
  • Provide practical support to restore and help victims
  • Increase local intelligence in order to increase the likelihood of prosecutions
  • Encourage collaborative working and information sharing between agencies
  • Prevent exploitation, either wittingly or unwittingly, by members of the public, businesses, vulnerable adults or other groups by raising awareness and the provision of training