Maternity staff treating human trafficking victims

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Reference: 
2015/2601
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

A study published in the online journal, BMJ Open, found that one in five maternity staff have come into contact with a patient they knew or suspected of having been trafficked, but most healthcare workers report little knowledge or training in how to identify or help victims. What steps are the Metropolitan Police Service in conjunction with NHS London putting into place to ensure that healthcare workers have the knowledge necessary to deal with victims of human trafficking?

Answer

Answer for Maternity staff treating human trafficking victims

Answer for Maternity staff treating human trafficking victims

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS Trafficking & Kidnap Unit (TKU), in conjunction with 'Stop the traffik', has devised a training programme for NHS staff and other front line health care professionals. This has been delivered to a number of hospitals and NHS trusts over the past 2 years as part of the Eurpoean Communities Against Traffiking  project. 'Stop the traffik' have retained the ongoing legacy programme to continue to provide further such training. My Office For Policing And Crime (MOPAC) has supported the ECAT project throughout its duration and commend the excellent work undertaken by the programme.

The TKU continue to provide further training to MPS staff. NHS staff have been encouraged to attend these sessions.