Modern Slavery



The framework has been developed with input from experts across health, social care, the police, the justice system and the voluntary sector.

The framework sets out the knowledge and skills required by those who may meet items and survivors of slavery and human trafficking.

It is intended that the standards will be integrated into other training curriculums.

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The standards include:

  • Terminology definition
  • A description of what knowledge and skills are needed at three tiers
  • An outline of who the framework is for
  • Learning outcomes set against each tier.

The subject areas covered by the framework are:

  • What is modern slavery
  • National and international legal frameworks and rights
  • Meeting the victims/ survivors: person-centred victim care
  • Care and support needs
  • Risk reduction and understanding demand
  • Understanding self in practice.


MSHT standards launch - event recording 22 September 2020


The event was chaired by Oonagh Symth, CEO, Skills for Care and included contributions from:

  • Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM,The Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner
  • Lara Bundock, Snowdrop Project
  • Dr Kathryn Hodges, St Mary’s University
  • Phil Brewer, Director of Intelligence (Stop the Traffik), Specialist Advisor on Modern Slavery (Human Trafficking Foundation), Retired Detective Superintendent (Metropolitan Police) with service lead responsibility for modern slavery.
  • Cathy Sheehan, Clinical Lead for Safeguarding, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Tamara Barnett, Director of Operations, Human Trafficking Foundation

We would like to gather your feedback on the framework

We would like to know how you are using the framework and if you think there’s anything else we ought to develop. Please send your feedback and ideas to