Review of the National Referral Mechanism for victims of human trafficking

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 November 2014
Criminal Justice Services, Employment
Social welfare
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The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a multi-agency victim identification and support process, designed to make it easier for all the different agencies that could be involved in a trafficking case to cooperate, share information about potential victims and to facilitate their access to advice, accommodation and support. In April 2014 the Home Secretary commissioned a review of the National Referral Mechanism to establish whether it provides an effective and efficient means of supporting and identifying potential victims of human trafficking and whether it can, or should, cover all victims of Modern Slavery.

This document, the review’s final report, makes a number of recommendations focussed on improving the experience of victims. The report makes several recommendations on six key areas: identification of potential victims; access to support; level of support; decision-making; governance; and data. The report also makes recommendations specifically aimed at protecting child victims of trafficking. These proposals other than those concerning support, will apply in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It should be noted that Scotland and Northern Ireland have differing support arrangements for victims.

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