Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2018
Ben Brewster is a Research Fellow and PhD candidate at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, working within the Communication and Computing Research Centre’s Centre of Excellence in Terrorism, Resilience, Intelligence and Organised Crime Research (CENTRIC) institute. Ben has a keen research interest in human trafficking and modern slavery, particularly in the role and impact of multi-agency approaches to combat the problem in the UK; a topic which forms the central focus of his PhD thesis. Ben also has a background of working on collaborative, multi-disciplinary research projects focused on topics including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), police-community engagement, migrant integration and transnational organised crime.
This article presents findings from a series of case studies into the impact of multi-agency anti-slavery partnerships in the UK. The research draws upon empirical evidence from a number of geographic regions as the basis of a comparative analysis involving the full spectrum of statutory and non-statutory organisations that undertake anti-slavery work. The article focuses, in particular, on the role of partnerships in victim identification and support, while simultaneously discussing issues and drawing upon existing discourse associated with policy, legislation and the macro conditions that impose barriers on such efforts.