Exploitation and Modern Slavery
During the transitional phase of our commissioning process exploitation and modern slavery were crime themes that were raised as areas where possible local support was needed. As a result we grant funded pilot projects in Reading and Oxford in 2014/15 to look at supporting victims of these types of crime by developing an Independent Trauma Advisory Service.
We saw some good results in the inital pilot and to enable the project to continue we submitted an application to the Home Office Innovation Fund to partially support this pilot for the next two years. We were successfully awarded the funding for Oxfordshire and Reading, including a comprehensive evaluation component, and the PCC provided match funding so that it will continue until the end of 2016/17.
The service is delivered by Elmore Community Service in Oxfordshire and Rahab (through The Mustard Tree) in Reading.
What does this service provide?
The service supports victims of various forms of exploitation in Oxfordshire and reading, including modern- slavery, sexual exploitation, debt bondage and Cuckooing (someone, often a drug dealer, taking over the home of a vulnerable person).
This support is delivered in the form of Independent Trauma Advisor (ITAs) that look at the overall needs of the victim to see how they can help the victims, whether this is with finances, housing, benefits, emotional support etc.
The organisations involved also often attend exploitation police raids so that the victim can receive support straight away whilst the police can focus on the criminal investigation.
Contact Elmore Community Services or Rahab
If you would like to find out more information, refer yourself into the service or refer someone else you can do so by contacting:
Elmore Community Services
The Mustard Tree (via Rahab)