The Liberty Project is our safe house for potential victims of human trafficking and modern day slavery, supporting people during a reflection and recovery period of a minimum of 45 days.
How can it help me?
The Liberty Project provides people with more than just a safe place to stay. While staying at the Liberty Project you will receive support tailored to your individual needs. Our friendly team can support you with financial and legal advice, accessing services such as healthcare and counselling, helping you with educational opportunities and supporting you when engaging with the authorities pursing a criminal case against your perpetrators.
Our Support Workers have specialist knowledge and expertise of human trafficking and understand the impact this has on individuals, their children and families. We will strive to promote a sense of self-choice and control, encouraging you to make informed choices for yourself. They will support you to build on the skills you have and help you to move forward with your life - whether this is returning to your home country, applying for Asylum, or providing support to help you resettle and find work.
We also provide an outreach service to victims of trafficking who don’t require supported accommodation, visiting people in their own accommodation.
Who can receive support?
We support victims of human trafficking who are over the age of 18. Although we support the children of these victims who may come to the Liberty Project with their family, we are unable to support victims under the age of 18.
If you are concerned about a child or young person who you believe may have been trafficked, contact the NSPCC’s specialist advice line on 0808 800 5000, or click here to visit their website. Alternatively, Barnardo’s provides direct, specialist support to trafficked children and run specialist Independent Child Trafficking Guardianship Service (ICTGS) services in Wales/Cymru, East Midlands, West Midlands Combined Authorities, Croydon, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and Greater Manchester. You can also contact their 24/7 support line on 0800 043 4303 to talk through the concerns you have before putting in a referral.
How can I be referred?
All referrals to BCHA and the Liberty Project are made by The Salvation Army.
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the process by which an individual is identified as a victim of human trafficking. Referrals to the NRM can only be made by authorised agencies, known as First Responders, such as the police, social services and The Salvation Army.
If the Government’s NRM team identify someone as a potential victim, they will be offered a place at a safehouse, such as the Liberty Project, and granted a period of reflection and recovery of 45 days.
If you suspect that you or someone you have come into contact with, could be a victim of modern slavery and in need help, please call The Salvation Army’s 24/7 confidential referral helpline on 0800 808 3733.
If you believe that someone is in immediate danger, then call 999.