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The Home Office has launched a new child-focussed modern slavery E-Learning module. The new 45-minute module aims to further develop practitioners’ understanding of modern slavery from a child safeguarding perspective.

The module focuses on child victims of modern slavery, the steps practitioners should take to safeguard victims, and the role of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in these cases.

The primary target audience of the E-learning will be the statutory safeguarding partners in England and Wales including local authority children’s services, but it will also provide useful context for other modern slavery First Responders across the UK.

The module includes content on:

  • Child-specific indicators of MS and why children are particularly vulnerable
  • Grooming and recruitment into exploitation
  • Child criminal exploitation
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Section 45 defence
  • Safeguarding and making an NRM referrals

The Home Office strongly encourages all employees of First Responder Organisations (which includes local authorities) and frontline professionals who work with children to take the training.

The E-learning will be hosted on the Modern Slavery and Organised Immigration Crime Unit’s (MSOICU) website and can be accessed here –
E-Learning Child Victims of Modern Slavery (policingslavery.co.uk)