National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network

The National Anti-Trafficking and Modern Slavery Network (NATMSN) brings together Police and Crime Commissioners from across England and Wales, the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland, The National Police Chief Council (NPCC) lead Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and the Home Office Modern Slavery Unit to discuss and improve how we work together to combat human trafficking and modern slavery in all its forms.

The network was launched in February 2016 and was created and is chaired by Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner.

Terms of Reference

The network is established to provide a strategic meeting framework nationally to raise awareness of tackling human trafficking and modern slavery in all its forms.

The network does not have a statutory role, nor does it have any oversight or governance of any policy, practice or procedure. Individual members are accountable only to their own organisations and are in no way committed to any joint initiatives for or on behalf of the network.

Aims and Objectives 

The primary aims and objectives of the network are set out as follows:

  • To encourage a victim focused approach and good practice in victim care.
  • To facilitate the sharing of experiences and expertise between national organisations.
  • To influence and connect with wider stakeholders at national and cross border level.
  • To encourage the development and identification of best practice, trends and patterns.
  • To remain abreast of current developments and initiatives relating to human trafficking and modern slavery issues.
  • To support the development of proactive strategies for the prevention of human trafficking and modern slavery.
  • To identify any gaps in current provision of services and anticipate future demand.
  • To monitor training requirements in addition to that already being delivered nationally.
  • To develop intelligence/information sharing protocols between agencies.
  • To identify areas where trafficking is prevalent to understand the key factors and share information so it can be disrupted and establishment prevented in other areas.
  • Support the United Kingdom National plan in relation to Modern Slavery.
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