Hope for Justice investigators at our Hubs are seeking assistance from Abolition Groups and Church Partners to identify and map new reception locations across the UK suitable to receive potential victims of modern slavery. ‘Neutral’ buildings are preferred, so potential victims do not need to be taken to a police station after rescue, but instead can be interviewed and supported in another venue.
Examples of the sorts of buildings/facilities that tend to be suitable:
Church and linked advocacy buildings
Drop-in centres / larger food banks
Community use buildings
Office buildings or other facilities owned by local authorities or other public bodies
Ideally, venues should have rooms suitable for individual consultation and one-to-one interaction with potential victims. Additional facilities such as toilets, washrooms, showers and first aid are also welcome, as are catering facilities (but these are non-essential, as partner NGOs and volunteers can often assist with food and drinks).
Important: Please only submit venues after you have had a conversation with someone responsible for the building who has agreed ‘in principle’ or provisionally that the building could be feasible to use for this purpose. A Hope for Justice investigator can then contact this person to arrange the details.