If victims want to return to their home country once they leave our service we support them to fulfil their wishes.
For those outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) the Government operates something called Assisted Voluntary Return through Refugee Action. The Salvation Army and its subcontractors assist victims to access this if appropriate and offer ongoing support. For those who are EEA residents, The Salvation Army and its subcontractors and partners will provide direct support to help people move back home.
Making the UK home while seeking asylum
The Salvation Army prepares victims for life outside of the safehouse alongside government guidelines.
The transition from the support to independence can be a difficult one for many reasons. As victims leave the secure environment and the people they have come to trust, the trauma they have experienced can continue to make them vulnerable.
Consequent to this need, we have sought to increase the level of support available to victims when they leave the safehouse, to help them to move on as effectively as possible and achieve social and economic independence.
Victim Care Fund
We assist in the rebuilding of victim’s lives. Thanks to the Victim Care Fund one of our partners in the North of England was able to provide employment advice and support, English language classes and cookery lessons.
Another project at a safehouse for male victims of modern slavery was also made possible through the Victim Care Fund. Following research by The Salvation Army which identified the difficulty of reintegrating trafficked men back into society, a pilot programme gave high level support to help victims find employment, exit the benefit system and become fully self-supporting and connected with their local community. It offered victims coaching sessions, group work, befriending opportunities through social activities, work placement and training opportunities.
Both projects are being monitored and evaluated by the sub‐contractors and the outcomes fed back to The Salvation Army and disseminated amongst other sub‐contractors. By helping meet the practical needs of victims, developing their skills, and building their self‐esteem, they are less likely to become reliant on support services in the long‐term and to achieve sustainable independent living.