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One of the Partnership's main priorities is to raise awareness and ensure frontline professionals, those working in the community, and the general public know how to spot the signs of modern slavery and respond appropriately.


The Partnership provides training across South Yorkshire and is available to attend relevant events to raise awareness and increase understanding of modern slavery. Previous training has been delivered to local authorities, health services, NGOs and students. Get in touch with the partnership coordinator to discuss your training needs.

SYMSP Training Materials

Email SYMSP@ashianasheffield.org for the amendable PowerPoint Slides and trainers notes.

External training

  • Home Office (MSOIC) – First Responder training – a free 45 minute e-learning session, which covers how to identify situations of modern slavery, what the National Referral Mechanism is and how to explain it to a potential victim and how to make a referral. Access the module online here.
  • Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre – The Wilberforce Institute, together with the Rights Lab, Gangmasters Labour and Abuse Authority, the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and Fresca Group, have developed a package of workshops aimed at front line practitioners in local areas across the UK. Find out more.
  • NGO Training – depending on your needs, our founding partners also offer their own specialist training packages – contact Ashiana, City Hearts or Snowdrop Project for further details.


South Yorkshire Modern Slavery Pocketbook for Professionals – a pocketbook for professionals and community groups who may encounter people who have experienced modern slavery or are at risk of exploitation. The Pocketbook can support you to:

  • Understand what modern slavery is and some general indicators.
  • Know how to report your concerns and get help.
  • Signpost to local services across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

SYMSP Information Leaflet – A5 – an overview leaflet on Modern Slavery, the general indicators and the objectives of SYMSP.

SYMSP Report Concerns – Business Card – a small card with the key helplines to report an incident of Modern Slavery.

Life and Work in the UK posters – multi-language posters that raise awareness on what workers should expect from life and work in the UK, and where they can get support if they believe they are being exploited. Developed with Staffline and the GLAA.

Modern Slavery Overview – a basic overview of modern slavery: what it is, the signs and how to report your concerns.

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015

GOV.UK Modern Slavery webpage – details and documents relating to the government’s work to end modern slavery.

Home Office: Modern Slavery Statutory Guidance  – statutory guidance published by the government under Section 49 of the Modern Slavery Act.

Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings

ATHUB – an online resource for legal professionals working with victims of trafficking.

Curiosity Counts – general poster on spotting the signs of Modern Slavery.

Curiosity Counts in the Community – a poster outlining the signs of Modern Slavery in the community.

Spotting the Signs of Modern Slavery Remotely – Covid-19 has created new challenges to identifying potential victims of modern slavery. This guidance suggests indicators of exploitation you may encounter whilst speaking to persons on the phone.

Modern Slavery and Housing – an overview for those working in accommodation from landlords to housing officers.


GLAA Labour Exploitation: spot the signs


Homelessness posters – these multi-language posters aim to raise awareness with people who are homeless and may be at risk of exploitation. Developed by the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership.


The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the UK Government’s framework for identifying and supporting potential victims of modern slavery. It is coordinated by the Home Office and entitles potential victims to support delivered by the Salvation Army through the Victim Care Contact.

Find out more about the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the Home Office’s guidance for England and Wales.

Submitting an NRM or Duty to Notify – visit this website to complete and submit an NRM referral or a Duty to Notify online.

The Salvation Army NRM Leaflet – this Salvation Army leaflet aims to explain the support available from them under the NRM Victim Care Contract.

NRM Explanatory Booklet for Adults – multi lingual explanatory documents for use by First Responders to help explain the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) to adult survivors of Modern Slavery at the point of identification. Produced by the West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network and available to download in Albanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Lithuanian, Latvian, Slovakian, Romanian, Polish and Vietnamese as well as English.

NRM Statistics – a collection of national data on referrals to the National Referral Mechanism, for potential victims of modern slavery.

The Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards 2018 – a blueprint for UK-wide service providers offering high quality care to adult survivors of modern slavery.

Helen Bamber: Trauma Informed Code of Conduct – a professional guide for best-practice when working with survivors.

Snowdrop Project: Post NRM Living  – a basic tool for professionals to understand possible living scenarios for adult survivors of trafficking in the UK after a positive conclusive grounds decision from the National Referral Mechanism.

Hope for the future: Support for survivors of trafficking after the National Referral Mechanism – a report from British Red Cross, Ashiana and Hestia which evidences the need for support for survivors pre and post-NRM and makes recommendations for an improved response based on the findings of the evaluation.

Local Authority

Local Government video – a short video outlining the role professionals working in local government can play in responding to Modern Slavery.

Adult Modern Slavery protocol for Local Authorities – developed by the Human Trafficking Foundation this document gives local authorities guidance on what modern slavery is and how to spot the signs.

Tackling Modern Slavery: A Council Guide – published by the Local Government Association, this guide aims to increase awareness of modern slavery and provide clarity for councils on their roles in tackling it.

Tackling Modern Slavery: Council Case Studies – published by the Local Government Association, this document includes several case studies from councils up and down the country highlighting good practice.



NHS Modern Slavery video – a short video outlining the role healthcare professionals can play in responding to Modern Slavery.

RCN Modern Slavery Guidance for Nurses and Midwives a guide to help nurses and midwives identify victims of slavery and help people find the assistance and support they need.

RCN Modern Slavery Wheel – a resource outlining what modern slavery is, the key signs and what nursing staff should do if they suspect it is happening.



National Enforcement Guide – aimed at all professionals in law enforcement and associated organisations who may encounter victims and perpetrators of exploitation and modern slavery.

Modern Slavery Statement Guidance – this webpage gives guidance on who needs a Modern Slavery statement and what should be included in the annual statement.

Transparency in Supply Chains: a practical guide – sets out the basic requirements of the Modern Slavery Act legislation.

GLAA industry Profiles – a number of industry profiles for various UK sectors at risk of labour exploitation.

Tackling Modern Slavery: A guide for landlords – a guide for landlords on reducing the risks of Modern Slavery, spotting the signs and actions to take if they have concerns relating to Modern Slavery at a property.

Operation Fort business report – a review by the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner on what lessons businesses can learn from Operation Fort.

UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner website – visit the IASC’s resources webpage to find a collection of resources, reports and guidance on various aspects of tackling Modern Slavery.

SPACE – a specialist organisation focusing particularly on Child Criminal Exploitation CCE and County Lines.

Secret Gardeners video – ECPAT UK produced this animated film exploring the issue of Vietnamese children being trafficked to the UK for cannabis cultivation.

‘Horse Trading’ video – short video produced by the GLAA to outline some of the tactics used in labour exploitation.

Curiosity Counts animations – to help raise awareness of Modern Slavery with key workers and groups who continue to work in the community during lockdown restrictions: