The Salvation Army has begun work on a £280m government contract to provide support and accommodation for potential victims of modern slavery.
Details published on the government’s Contracts Finder website at the end of last week show that the Home Office awarded the eight-year contract, which took effect in January, last June.
In its description of the contract, the Home Office said it was committed to raising awareness of the signs of modern slavery, and to supporting victims to build a better life and help bring perpetrators to justice.
The SA said the funding formula was based on the number of people referred into the government’s National Referral Mechanism – a framework for identifying and referring potential victims victims of modern slavery.
The charity said that last year it supported 5,880 people, including 2,592 new people who were referred to it for support.
The charity said that, with its partners, it had helped 12,500 adult victims of modern slavery and human trafficking since July 2011.
The SA said the new contract would allow it to extend the support available to survivors of slavery at all stages of their recovery and introduce new services.
All survivors will be entitled to a safe place to stay where needed, the charity said, and a support worker would help them access the support they require.
This could include financial, legal and medical support, counselling, and help getting a job or a home when they move on.
Kathy Betteridge, director of anti-trafficking and modern slavery at the SA, said: “The successful delivery of our current contract has depended on the hard work, skill, and teamwork of our staff, volunteers and partners.
“Together we have made huge progress in improving outcomes for survivors of slavery in the UK and beyond.”