Updated guidance launched by Home Office on modern slavery victims
The Home Office has launched 'Modern slavery victims: referral and assessment forms' for referring potential victims of modern slavery or human trafficking to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).
Recent reforms have been made to the NRM to improve the decision-making process and support offered, and the revised forms reflect these.
The reforms include:
- A single expert being created by 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.
- The introduction of an independent panel of experts to review all negative Conclusive Grounds decisions.
- The introduction of a new digital system to support the NRM process, making it easier for those on the frontline to refer victims for support and enable data to be captured and analysed to aid prevention and law enforcement.