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National Referral Mechanism

The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is a framework for identifying victims of human trafficking and ensuring they receive the appropriate protection and support. The NRM is also used by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) to collect data about victims. This information contributes to building a clearer picture about the scope of human trafficking in the UK.

Potential victims of trafficking must first be referred to one of the UK's two competent authorities in order to be referred to the NRM. This initial contact and referral will usually be dealt with by an authorised agency (known as first responders) including the police, Local Authority Social Care Services or certain Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).

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For more information and a full list of 'first responders' please visit the National Crime Agency website. A child referral form can be downloaded from this site.

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