1st Edition

Modern Slavery Survivor Pathways Policy, Legislation and Practice in the UK

By Anne-Marie Greenslade Copyright 2025
    232 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book presents a critical chronology of the modern slavery survivor journey in the UK, from intervention by the authorities to long-term recovery. The work examines the modern slavery survivor pathway and assesses the support systems available to survivors throughout this process. It also explores links to other traumatic crimes and investigates how the role of “witness” in the criminal justice system impacts survivors’ experiences. The work showcases findings from interviews with frontline practitioners alongside analysis of Government publications and independent reports. It emphasises the importance of holistic care pathways with a consistent, benchmark standard of support across all services, including advocacy for each individual. It further argues that the UK Government needs to extend its anti-slavery efforts towards long-term support and understanding of survivor needs, which should include a focus on survivor narratives and input. It is argued that this would not only improve recovery outcomes but would advance the criminal justice process in this area through witness retention and stronger evidence. The book will be of interest to academics, researchers and policy-makers in the areas of human rights, criminal justice, social justice and victimology. Based on international legal instruments, the work will appeal to an international readership.

    1. Introduction  2. Policy and legislation  3. Voluntary sector organisations  4. Short term support  5. Immigration  6. Trauma and therapeutic intervention  7. Criminal Justice System  8. Long term support  9. Conclusion


    Anne-Marie Greenslade is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Leeds Beckett University, UK.

    "This volume constitutes an indispensable tool for any researcher, practitioner, and decision maker who aims to gain a thorough grasp of the modern slavery landscape in the UK – from policy and legislation to criminal justice and third sector, trauma-informed support. The book is rooted in extensive literature research, professional experience, and sound analysis of the voice of frontline practitioners. The volume offers an innovative, critical overview of the survivor pathway, and it is a guide to improve the anti-slavery system thanks to the author’s sensitive identification of current challenges, limitations, and good practices."

    Runa Lazzarino, Research Fellow in Migration and Health, Middlesex University London.

    This volume represents an exciting and much needed addition to the literature on modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK context. The author has a uniquely clear and accessible style of communicating the complexity of this issue, with survivor wellbeing at the heart of the account, while at the same time highlighting the many challenges within legislation and policy. Crucially though, and informed no doubt by her practitioner background, she also highlights examples of excellent practice and offers a guide for improved anti-slavery interventions.

    Carole Murphy, Professor of Sociology and Applied Research and Director of the Bakhita Centre, St. Mary’s University.