Modern Slavery Statement

Under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 commercial organisations with a large turnover are required to publish an annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.  It is unclear whether this also applies to local authorities, however, following the introduction of Southwark Council’s Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy (pdf, 90kb), the council has published an Anti Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement 2018 - 2019 (pdf, 1mb) which sets out our actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to our activities and to put in place steps aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own activities or in our supply chains.

Any concerns should be raised initially with the Monitoring Officer, Doreen Forrester-Brown by emailing

Modern slavery charter signing

Modern Slavery Charter

In 2018 the Council signed up to the Co-operative Party's Charter Against Modern Slavery (pdf, 103kb) to ensure our procurement practices do not support slavery, to consider the wider impact of modern slavery on the borough and to ensure that all forms of modern slavery are eliminated in Southwark.

Modern Day Slavery and Trafficking Scrutiny Review

At Cabinet in June 2019 the council considered a Community Safety Scrutiny Commission Report on modern slavery in the borough and approved further actions and ongoing review.

Further information is available in the Cabinet minutes.

Page last updated: 19 September 2019