West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network: NRM Explanatory Document
With funding from the West Midlands OPCC via the Modern Slavery Police Transformation Unit in 2019, West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network have produced a multi lingual explanatory document which explains in detail, the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) for use by First Responders for survivors of Modern Slavery at the point of identification in the West Midlands. It will include realistic and accurate information from professionals about the process a survivor could expect if they were to consent to an NRM referral and the potential outcomes and opportunities if they decided not to consent to an NRM referral.
Although training on the NRM referral form itself is already available, there is very little knowledge within First Responder Organisations (FRO) of what happens to a victim once a positive Reasonable Grounds Decision is made and what a survivors rights and entitlements are to support. Hence information provided to the survivor is often scant or inaccurate, leading to uninformed consent to enter the NRM.