In 2018, the Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) commissioned support for the development of a pilot Anti-Slavery Network. The purpose being to bring together key partners to collectively and collaboratively prevent, identify and disrupt Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in all its forms.
The network has seen key partner come together on a regular basis to collaborate and take this high priority agenda forward.
Funding for this network comes to end on 31 March 2021, however the benefits of having such a partnership (including an independent Chair with subject matter expertise) in place has been acknowledged by key partners and together with the PCC, Hartlepool Council, Middlesbrough Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council and Stockton on Tees Borough Council wish to extend the current contractual arrangements for a further 12 months.
Each partner, including the PCC, will contribute £4,000 to ensure further development of the network over the next 12 months including engagement with other strategic forums across Cleveland including the Tees Safeguarding Adults Board and the Strategic Vulnerable, Exploited, Missing and Trafficked Group.