Survey on Approaches to Voluntary Return for Survivors of Modern Slavery
1. At what level does your organisation operate?
A wider area (e.g. across a local authority)
A region (e.g. across south west England)
2. Who is your organisation's core beneficiary group(s)?
3. Does your organisation support survivors of modern slavery (survivors)?
Yes (within NRM only)
Yes (within and outside NRM)
Yes (outside NRM only)
4. On average per year, how many survivors does your organisation support?
5. On average per year, how many of the survivors your organisation supports indicate that they would wish to return home?
6. On average per year, how many survivors does your organisation support to return home?
7. When a survivor of trafficking or modern slavery asks your organisation or agency for assistance to return home, who is your first point of call?
Their Embassy/Consulate/High Commission
The Salvation Army
Our organisation has the capacity to assist directly in the first instance
7.a. If 'other', please specify
8. If your clients have indicated a desire to return home, have you noticed specific patterns in the survivors requesting information on voluntary return i.e. trends based on survivors’ nationality or status?
9. If your clients have indicated a desire to return home, does your organisation provide these survivors with any legal advice about the full range of immigration options available to them, including returning home voluntarily or do you refer them for legal advice from other providers?
our organisation can provide legal advice
our organisation refers to other organisations for legal advice
no legal advice sought about voluntary return
10. Does your organisation provide support of any form to survivors to return home? (e.g. signposting, making travel arrangements, carrying out a risk assessment etc.)
10.a. If yes, please describe what sort of support your organisation can provide (click all that apply)
Signposting/referral to other organisations who make return arrangements
Making return arrangements such as booking flights, obtaining travel documents
Carrying out pre-return assessments (e.g. about risk/need)
Making enquiries about and referrals to support and reintegration services available in the country of origin
Referring to the Home Office Voluntary Returns Service
10.b. Please use the box below to describe any additional ways in which your organisation supports survivors to return home.
10.c. Please outline if you use any eligibility criteria for this support (click all that apply)
Survivors with a positive reasonable grounds decision
Survivors with a positive conclusive grounds decision
No criteria, we assist survivors who do not enter the NRM
10.d. Please provide details in relation to the above response (e.g. specific nationalities supported or other criteria)
11. On average, how long would you say the process for voluntary return takes? (this would be from the time in which a survivor asks for support to return through to the moment the return takes place)
More than 8 weeks
12. Thinking about the survivors you have supported who have returned home, would you say that they had any specific support needs in their country of origin? (e.g. accommodation, health care etc.)
12.a. If yes, please specify and indicate if you were able to identify such support services (e.g. through NGOs/partners in the country of origin etc.)
13. Thinking about cases your organisation has assisted, were there any concerns about the survivor’s safety on return?
14. Have survivors you have previously supported been re-trafficked and re-entered your service after they have returned home?
15. Are you aware of the Home Office Voluntary Returns Service (VRS)?
15.a. If yes, have survivors in your service returned via the VRS?
15.b. If yes, on average how many survivors in your service return via the VRS in any given month?
15.c. If survivors in your service have returned home via VRS, please provide an overview of this process.
16. From your experiences of voluntary return in general, what might help your organisation to better support survivor’s needs?
17. What is the biggest challenge to your organisation assisting a survivor of modern slavery to return home?
Lack of clear procedures
Lack of training
Lack of support from organisations we refer to
Procedure takes too long
Survivors changing their minds or disappearing
When there are no contacts in the country of origin to refer a person to
No way to know the risks in the country upon return
Survivors might be re-trafficked so we would never support return
17.b. If 'other' please specify
18. In your view, what improvements could be made to voluntary return services for survivors?
19. Would you be interested in participating in a workshop exploring issues around voluntary return later in the year?
19.b. If no, would you be interested in participating in another way?
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