Best Practise when Working with Survivors

Best Practise when Working with Survivors

Professionals of all disciplines who work with survivors of trafficking and modern slavery should adopt and incorporate the following minimum professional standards into all aspects of their work:

  • Accessibility and non-discrimination: making sure that survivors are treated fairly and with dignity. Service provision should be diverse, inclusive and flexible to meet the various requirements of each person.

  • Human rights-based approach: support should never be contingent upon a survivors’ ability or willingness to cooperate with the authorities.

  • Holistic and victim centred approach: survivors must be placed at the centre of any decision- making process and support must be prioritised in accordance with their individual needs.

  • Empowering approach: recognise that survivors are individuals with goals, dreams, and aspirations, provide support in a way that recognises individual strength, resourcefulness, and resilience as well as vulnerabilities and difficulties.

  • Freedom of thought, religion, and belief: signpost to pastoral care or religious support if requested.

  • Multi agency approach

  • Professional boundaries

  • Safe working approach

  • Trauma-informed approach

  • A Safe, Calm, Consistent Environment and Approach

The Slavery and Trafficking Survivor Care Standards (2018)