National referral mechanism reform

This document describes the 4 main objectives of the reform of the national referral mechanism, announced by the government in October 2017.



The national referral mechanism (NRM) is the framework by which potential victims of human trafficking and modern slavery are identified and supported. The NRM was introduced in 2009 to meet some of the UK’s obligations under the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.

This document covers:

  • the aim of the NRM
  • how the current NRM works
  • how the government plans to reform the NRM
Published 16 October 2018