Home Office written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding her Department provides to support support local and regional anti- modern slavery groups.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government funds a range of organisations at a local, regional and national level to undertake activity against modern slavery.

Building on the success of the 2014 ‘Slavery Happens Here’ campaign, the Home Office has carried out tailored communications activity through a number of civil society groups to raise awareness of modern slavery in high-risk communities in the UK and overseas, most recently in Nigeria.

On 16 January 2017, the Home Secretary announced that £2.2m from the Child Trafficking Protection Fund had been awarded to seven organisations to protect vulnerable children in the UK and overseas who are at risk of trafficking. A number of the projects focus on supporting child victims of trafficking in discreet local and regional areas including Croydon, Bristol, West Yorkshire, Manchester and London. The projects cover a range of proposals including tailored support for child victims of trafficking from various cultures, developing skills and expertise in local areas, and a specialist accommodation pilot.

We also fund The Salvation Army to deliver support services for victims of modern slavery throughout England and Wales via a range of local subcontracting partners. This specialist support includes accommodation, subsistence, counselling, access to mental, physical and dental health services, and signposting to legal support.

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