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Modern slavery – the adult safeguarding interface

Joanna Kidd (International Centre for Security Analysis, Policy Institute at King’s, King’s College London, London, UK)
Jill Manthorpe (Social Care Workforce Research Unit, Policy Institute at King’s, King’s College London, London, UK)

The Journal of Adult Protection

ISSN: 1466-8203

Article publication date: 12 June 2017




The inclusion of modern slavery in the Care Act 2014 as a form of abuse means that the subject of modern slavery is now included in the remit of adult safeguarding in England. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the background to the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its provisions.


A policy analysis was undertaken in 2016 drawing on research and commentary related to the interface between modern slavery and adult safeguarding.


There is little material as yet focussing on adult safeguarding and modern slavery but the inclusion of modern slavery in this area of practice and organisations will require practitioner responses, organisational collaboration and revisions of data collection and analysis. Newspaper accounts of criminal charges under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 may be important first evidence of the interface potentially between modern slavery and adults at risk of abuse and neglect that are the focus of adult safeguarding concern.

Practical implications

Information about modern slavery may provide relevant background and contextual detail for adult safeguarding communities, furnishing links and resources for this new area of their work.


This paper is likely to be of interest to policymakers, researchers and practitioners in examining their new duties under the Care Act 2014 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and to wider public and private bodies considering their responsibilities in responses to modern slavery more broadly.



Kidd, J. and Manthorpe, J. (2017), "Modern slavery – the adult safeguarding interface", The Journal of Adult Protection, Vol. 19 No. 3, pp. 158-166.



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