Clause 52 - Identified potential victims in England and Wales: assistance and support

Part of Nationality and Borders Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:30 am ar 2 Tachwedd 2021.

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Photo of Holly Lynch Holly Lynch Shadow Minister (Home Office) 10:30, 2 Tachwedd 2021

I beg to move amendment 4, in clause 52, page 46, line 9, after “50A” insert—

“Meaning of assistance and support

‘(1) For the purposes of guidance issued under section 49(1)(b) and regulations made under section 50, “assistance and support” includes but is not limited to the provision of—

(a) appropriate and safe accommodation;

(b) material assistance, including financial assistance;

(c) medical advice and treatment (including psychological assessment and treatment);

(d) counselling;

(e) a support worker;

(f) appropriate information on any matter of relevance or potential relevance to the particular circumstances of the person;

(g) translation and interpretation services;

(h) assistance in obtaining specialist legal advice or representation (including with regard to access to compensation);

(i) assistance with repatriation, including a full risk assessment.

(2) Assistance and support provided to a person under this section—

(a) must not be conditional on the person’s acting as a witness in any criminal proceedings;

(b) may be provided only with the consent of that person;

(c) must be provided in a manner which takes due account of the needs of that person as regards safety and protection from harm;

(d) must be provided to meet the needs of that person having particular regard to any special needs or vulnerabilities of that person caused by gender, pregnancy, physical or mental illness, disability or being the victim of violence or abuse;

(e) must be provided in accordance with an assistance and support plan which specifies that person’s needs for support and how those needs will be met for the full duration of the period to which that person is entitled to support under this Act.

(3) Nothing in this section affects the entitlement of any person to assistance and support under any other statutory provision.

50B”

This amendment would define the types of assistance and support that must be provided to a victim of modern slavery in England and Wales in line with Article 12 of the European Convention on Actions Against Trafficking in Human Beings; and conditions associated with its provision.