Modern Slavery - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Department of Health

About the Modern Slavery programme

Modern Slavery is the recruitment, movement, harbouring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.

This online resource provides an overview of the issue of modern slavery. It is aimed at helping all healthcare staff recognise the signs that someone has been trafficked, and to take appropriate action with confidence.

The material draws on expertise from across the health sector and non-governmental organisations working with people who have been trafficked. The e-learning resource was produced by Platform 51 in partnership with the Department of Health, with guidance from a steering group comprising representatives from:

  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • British Association of Sexual Health and HIV
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Home Office
  • ECPAT UK
  • UK Human Trafficking Centre,  Serious Organised Crime Agency
  • Ministry of Justice
  • National Child Trafficking Advice Centre, NSPCC
  • Salvation Army
  • Poppy Project
  • Section for Women’s Health
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London
  • Department of Health

More information

It is difficult to assess the true scale of modern slavery, given the extent to which it is concealed. However, in April 2009-December 2010, 932 adults and 322 children were recorded by the National Referral Mechanism, the government’s identification and support mechanism, as having been trafficked. Victims have originated from over 80 different countries.

Those who may be victims of human trafficking are often extremely vulnerable, and may fear revealing their status to the authorities. In some cases, victims may not recognise that they have been trafficked.

This e-learning session sets out the situations in which health staff may encounter victims of trafficking, and how to identify someone who may have been trafficked. It explains the legal situation regarding potential victims’ rights to medical care, and explores ways in which healthcare staff can provide support to those who may be victims.

This e-learning session was commissioned by the Department of Health. It is designed to enable all healthcare staff to identify individuals who may be victims of trafficking, and to respond in an appropriate manner. It complements the Trafficking Toolkit.

Open access session

Please note that if you access the content below, your progress and completion of the session will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion

  • Modern Slavery

    This session will help frontline healthcare staff to identify victims of modern slavery and take appropriate action to address their health and safety needs.

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Modern Slavery programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Modern Slavery programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Available to all

The Modern Slavery e-learning programme is available in the Open access session above. If you access the session you will not have to log in, but your activity will not be tracked and you will not be able to generate a record of completion.

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