Trafficking: National Referral Mechanism

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) – the system by which victims of modern slavery are identified and provided with support – is undergoing reforms to improve both the decision-making process and support offered. The first measures to be announced as part of a broader package of reforms include:

  • a single, expert unit being created in the Home Office to handle all cases referred from front line staff and to make decisions about whether somebody is a victim of modern slavery. This unit launched on 29 April 2019 and replaced the current case management units in the National Crime Agency and UK Visas and Immigration and is completely separate from the immigration system
  • an independent panel of experts has been introduced to review all negative Conclusive Grounds decisions, adding significantly to the scrutiny such cases receive
  • a new online system to support the NRM process has been introduced, making it easier for those on the frontline to refer victims for support and enabling data to be captured and analysed to better aid prevention and law enforcement

Further information is available on the website.

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