Barnsley Council's cabinet members will be asked to become signatories of the Co-Operative Party's Charter Against Modern Slavery on Wednesday 5 February.
If approved, the agreement sets out to announce a clear statement of council intentions to tackle serious modern day slavery crimes in the borough. This will be in line with other local authorities in the region which are already signatories.
While the council are not obliged to hold and publish such a statement, the proposed action will demonstrate the determination to reduce and eliminate these practices. The response is promoted by recognition of the increase in reported cases of slavery, exploitation and trafficking across the UK.
Part of the work to drive forward change will include working with a range of partners to make Barnsley, and the wider Yorkshire and Humber region, a place where slavery, exploitation and trafficking will not be tolerated. This will involve working closely with partners to provide training to staff to raise awareness of the issues and how they can be stopped.
Cllr Jenny Platts, spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "I'm proud of the proposal to sign the agreement against modern slavery to make sure our communities can feel safe and secure while living, working and visiting in our borough. Part of our commitment is to make sure that everyone is safe from harm, which includes taking a strong stance on illegal activity."
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