Making our communities safer

Protecting vulnerable people against modern slavery


Oxford City Council

Oxford City Council has been taking measures in partnership with others to end the unacceptable exploitation and inhumane treatment of vulnerable people. Oxford City Council set up Hotel Watch, which trains hoteliers to spot the signs of exploitation, including child sexual exploitation and modern slavery, and what to do if they believe something suspicious is happening. More than 80 hotels, guest houses and B&B’s support the scheme. The council has also introduced mandatory safeguarding training for all taxi drivers that it licenses to operate in the city, and worked with neighboring districts to roll this training out to all taxi drivers across Oxfordshire. In addition, the council’s community safety team innovated the idea of the Independent Trauma Adviser (ITA) role – a role which delivers crisis intervention for new victims and offers ongoing support and advocacy for victims. An Oxford charity has delivered this service to more than 50 victims over two years and intensively supported 31 to escape their situation.

The LGA Labour Group exists to fight the corner for Labour councillors at a national level, both within
the cross-party Local Government Association and with the Labour Party at Westminster. The Group provide a strong voice for Labour councillors and act as a platform for ideas and innovation for all those committed to an effective localist element to Labour politics and policies.

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon