Policy briefing

Spotting the signs of domestic slavery

Read our policy briefing on new guidance on how to identify those at risk of domestic slavery.

Read our policy briefing on new guidance on how to spot the signs of domestic slavery

Essential facts

Health professionals, including district and community nurses and health visitors, are being encouraged to look out for signs of domestic slavery during home visits. Domestic slavery, when one person keeps another in compelled service, is the most hidden form of exploitation in the UK. The Home Office estimates that there were up to 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013.

New guidance from the Institute of Health Visiting says health professionals are well-placed to spot the signs of someone living in domestic slavery. Many victims are not permitted to leave the house or speak to others, so a health professional may be their only contact with


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