Today, the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group and chair Anti-Slavery International launch the first report looking at the experience of the Recovery Needs Assessment (RNA) process.
The new report entitled “One day at a time” charters the first-hand experiences of, not only those on the receiving end of support, but also the experiences of Modern Slavery Victim Care Contract (MSVCC) support providers, along with, support workers outside of the MSVCC.
The report provides a picture into what the RNA process is like for the survivors within it, and those providing crucial support along the way.
Read the report here.
Key findings include:
- Improve procedures. Survivors should not be required to repeatedly provide the same documentation, and at least three months should be allowed after they have been confirmed as a victim of trafficking (known as a conclusive grounds decision) before the first RNA is submitted.
- Extend support. There should be standardised timeframes with a minimum of 12 months support that is tapered down in line with a person’s recovery.
- Provide better and consistent training. All support workers and decision makers should receive standardised training.
- Improve survivor understanding of, and engagement in, the RNA. Survivors should know at the earliest possible stage what will happen to their support when they receive their conclusive grounds decision and be provided with copies of all their RNA documents.
- Ensure that the assessment of needs is holistic, person-centred and recognises the fundamental best interests of adults and their dependent children, rather than being unfairly limited to needs arising out of their trafficking experience and current needs.
- Involve the anti-trafficking sector and, above all, survivors of trafficking in this review of the RNA in any subsequent development of policies and practices affecting victims and survivors of trafficking.
Kimberley – policy and monitoring assistant at Anti-Slavery International and co-author of our most recent report “One day at a time” – talks about the hostile environment created for survivors of modern slavery.
Read more in her blog.
Find out more, download the report and read our key recommendations for the RNA process.
Read the report:
Download a copy of the full report here.