What is the NRM?

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying and referring potential victims of modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.

In England and Wales, only designated first responders can refer cases to the NRM.

First Responders

First responders are agencies and organisations with a responsibility to identify and interview a potential adult or child victim of modern slavery. The first responders are:

Police Force Salvation Army Unseen
UK Border Force Popy Project NSPCC
Home Office Visa and Immigration Migrant Help BAWSO
Home Office Immigration Enforcement Medaille Trust New Paths
Gangmasters and Labour Abouse Authority Kalayan Refugee Council
Local Authorities Barnardos
What does a First Respondent do?

If an adult victim (over 18) does not consent to being referred to the NRM:

You must complete a Duty to notify (MS1) form instead, as you still have a duty to notify the Home Office that you have identified a potential victim of modern slavery. The victim’s details can be anonymous.

If a child victim (under 18) does not consent to being referred to the NRM:

An NRM referral should still be made, even if the child does not consent, as you do not need consent to complete a referral for a potential child victim of modern slavery. An MS1 form, therefore, should not be completed.

The NRM Process

Find out more about the NRM Process: