About the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership

Our mission

The Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership brings together more than 100 statutory and non-statutory partners from across the county to tackle human trafficking and modern slavery in all its forms.

This multi-agency group is made up of representatives from Hertfordshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office for Hertfordshire, Shiva Foundation, Hertfordshire Constabulary, District & Borough Councils, NHS Trusts, charities, government agencies and more.

It was established to provide a strategic meeting framework for Hertfordshire to raise awareness, share information and proactively work together to ensure a consistent and robust approach to tackling modern slavery; utilising this shared strategy and resulting action plans to achieve a set of shared aims and objectives.

Partnership aims are achieved through the voluntary commitment of member agencies to work together effectively in support of an agreed vision and strategic approach. The partnership’s work is overseen by the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Board (CSB).

Contact the Partnership

To support partners in Hertfordshire, the Modern Slavery SPOC Directory (Hertfordshire) is now available. If you would like to access this directory, then please email the HMSP Coordinator: [email protected].

  • Aldwych Housing
  • Azalea
  • Better Business for All (BBFA)
  • Border Force
  • British Red Cross
  • Catalyst Housing
  • Catch 22 (Beacon)
  • Centre 33
  • Charis Tiwala
  • CGL Spectrum
  • Citizens’ Advice Bureaus (10 districts)
  • Clarion Housing Group
  • Crimestoppers
  • DENS
  • Department for Work & Pensions (10 Job Centres)
  • Diocese of St Albans
  • District and Borough Councils (10)
  • Druglink
  • Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU)
  • East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST)
  • Environment Agency
  • Families First
  • Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
  • Food Standards Agency (FSA)
  • Future Living Hertford
  • Gangmaster & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)
  • Grow Hostel
  • Haven First
  • Health and Safety Executive
  • Hertfordshire Building Consortium (HBC)
  • Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Hertfordshire Children’s Safeguarding Partnership
  • Hertfordshire Community Trust
  • Hertfordshire Constabulary
  • Hertfordshire County Council
  • Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Hertfordshire Growth Hub
  • Hertfordshire Lieutenancy Business Panel
  • Hertfordshire Local Entreprise Partnership (LEP)
  • Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adult Board (HSAB)
  • Hertfordshire Sexual Health Service
  • Hertfordshire Sports Partnership
  • Hertfordshire Trading Standards
  • Herts for Learning
  • Herts Help
  • Herts Young Homeless
  • Hertsmere Leisure Children’s Centre
  • High Sheriff
  • Hightown Housing Association (Open Door)
  • HM Immigration Enforcement (Home Office)
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Home Office
  • HPFT
  • HS2
  • Human Trafficking Foundation
  • Justice and Care
  • King Charles the Martyr Church
  • Lay members and victims’ advocates
  • Medaille Trust
  • Migrant Help
  • Mind in Mid Herts
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Missing People
  • National Probation Service
  • New Hope
  • NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (Herts Valley and East & North Herts)
  • NHS Hospital Trusts (WHHT & ENHT)
  • One YMCA
  • Panshanger Church
  • Paradigm Housing Group
  • Police & Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire
  • Refuge
  • Safer Places
  • Sanctuary Housing Association
  • SARC
  • Serco
  • Settle Group (Housing Association)
  • Shiva Foundatiion
  • St Albans & Hertsmere Women’s Refuge
  • Stop the Traffik
  • The Children’s Society
  • The Clewer Initiative
  • The Living Room
  • The Salvation Army
  • Thrive Homes
  • Turning Point
  • UK Visas & Immigration (Home Office)
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • Visit Herts
  • Watford Community Housing Trust
  • Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce
  • Uber
  • YC Hertfordshire

Alongside the Partnership, Operation Tropic was launched by Hertfordshire Constabulary as a dedicated police unit to coordinate the response to modern slavery in Hertfordshire. The unit took the lead on training local stakeholders from April 2017 to March 2019.

Governance structure

From May 2017-March 2020, the Partnership was led by a modern slavery focused strategic Steering Group, overseeing subject focused subgroups

Since March 2020, the Partnership has been led by the Serious and Organised Crime Partnership Board (SOC PB), in collaboration with the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board and the Hertfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Partnership. The following operational and strategic groups fulfill Partnership priorities and actions:

  • Joint Safeguarding Learning and Development Group
  • Strategic Safeguarding Adolescents Group (SSAG)
  • Adult Modern Slavery Task and FInish Group
  • Modern Slavery Crime Review Board
  • Modern Slavery Law Enforcement and Partnership Learning Group
  • Community Safety Manager’s Meeting

For more information on governance changes, see the HMSP Governance Summary Document 2020.

Report a concern

If you have concerns that someone is being exploited, or suspect modern slavery/human trafficking, call 08000 121 700 (National 24h Helpline) or report online.

The specialist helpline is confidential and independent, with access to translation services for over 200 languages.

Even if you are unsure, report your concerns.

In an emergency, call 999.

Strategy 2018-2021: Tackling Modern Slavery Together

The Strategy 2018 – 2021: Tackling Modern Slavery Together (PDF, 889kb) and its corresponding action plans provide the direction for the partnership to achieve its agreed aims and objectives. The Partnership will be undertaking activities in line with the new HMSP Action Plan 2020-2021 (Summary).

Previous Action Plans, Reports & Outcomes:

Awareness training

From April 2017-March 2019, the Hertfordshire Modern Slavery Partnership delivered awareness training on modern slavery and human trafficking to nearly 2000 local professionals in Hertfordshire

Professionals across law enforcement, health and social services, community protection and more were trained on how to spot the signs of modern slavery/human trafficking, report potential cases and respond in their communities.

External Training

Stop the Traffik


The Salvation Army
ECPAT UK/West Yorkshire Police
E-Learning for Healthcare

More information on training and relevant resources can be accessed here.