Official Statistics

National Referral Mechanism statistics UK, quarter 1 2020: January to March second edition

Statistics on referrals to the National Referral Mechanism, for potential victims of modern slavery in quarter 1 2020.



Potential victims of modern slavery in the UK that come to the attention of authorised ‘first responder’ organisations are referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Authorised ‘first responder’ organisations include local authorities, specified non-governmental organisations (NGOs), police forces and specified government agencies.

Published 4 June 2020
Last updated 18 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. An error in the data cleansing process was identified that resulted in the misclassification of some exploitation types, primarily sexual exploitation, as ‘Not recorded or unknown’. This has been corrected in the updated bulletin/data tables using an updated cut of data taken 1 February 2021. This error is related to data processing for the statistical bulletins, and did not affect the classification of referrals within the NRM system itself.

  2. First published.