Modern slavery victims: referral

Guidance on referring potential victims of modern slavery/human trafficking to the national referral mechanism.


Privacy information notice: national referral mechanism

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All designated first responders should use the digital referral system to make National Referral Mechanism (NRM) and Duty to Notify (DtN) referrals. Further information can be found in the guidance documents on this page.

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Published 5 August 2010
Last updated 21 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of first responder organisations in 'National referral mechanism guidance: adult (England and Wales)'.

  2. Updated "Privacy information notice: national referral mechanism" to include information about a new competent authority, the Immigration Enforcement Competent Authority.

  3. Accessible HTML version of 'Privacy information notice: national referral mechanism' added.

  4. Updated section 7 of 'National referral mechanism guidance: adult (England and Wales)', to reflect that Independent Child Trafficking Guardians (ICTG) services have been expanded.

  5. Replaced the privacy notice with a new version.

  6. 'GDPR' changed to 'UK GDPR'.

  7. Paper referral forms are no longer in use.

  8. Updated content on the Privacy information notice: national referral mechanism page.

  9. Changed summary text and description to reflect the introduction of the digital referral mechanism.

  10. Updated adult national referral mechanism guidance for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

  11. Updated announcement, as well as guidance and forms for adults in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to reflect recent reforms

  12. National referral mechanism guidance for adults updated to reflect change from UKVI and NCA competent authorities to the Single Competent Authority, changes to support and introduction of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates.

  13. The guidance and forms have been updated to reflect a change to the referral process.

  14. Updated NRM forms.

  15. Added privacy information notice for the national referral mechanism.

  16. Updated the National referral mechanism form: adult (England and Wales) document with a new version.

  17. Updated national referral mechanism forms for adults in England and Wales and Northern Ireland and Scotland.

  18. Referral process unchanged by announcement of future reforms to the NRM.

  19. Updated national referral mechanism forms for adults and children (Scotland and Northern Ireland).

  20. England and Wales forms updated.

  21. Updated address on forms for England and Wales.

  22. Updated forms and guidance published.

  23. Updated guidance on adults referrals (England and Wales) published.

  24. Updated forms for England and Wales published.

  25. Updated documents (NRM guidance: adult - England and Wales; NRM form: adult - England and Wales; and NRM form: child - England and Wales)

  26. Updated forms and guidance.

  27. New national referral mechanism (NRM) child forms for Scotland and Northern Ireland and England and Wales.

  28. Updated form and guidance.

  29. Updated document.

  30. First published.