The scoping review discovered that:
- There were barriers to care and entitlements - many mothers were unfamiliar with and lacked access to systems and information.
- Pregnant mothers faced ongoing threats of violence from partners/traffickers, restricted ability to move freely, issues related to traumatisation, dispersal, and dealing with multiple new systems.
- There is a lack of training and understanding of how optimal care and support during maternity should be provided by healthcare professionals and non-statutory service staff.
Further research is needed from which recommendations for good maternity practice and effective intersection between statutory and non-statutory services can be supported and mobilised across different systems and settings.
A team of maternity, mental health and modern slavery researchers, survivor mothers, and staff supporting modern slavery victims/survivors are seeking funding to carry this out. Organisations involved are the University of Nottingham (School of Health Sciences), the Rights Lab and Causeway, with the support of a wide network of third sector agencies.