Human Trafficking: 45-Day Recovery and Reflection Period

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th April 2018.

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Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North 12:00 am, 16th April 2018

If she will increase the minimum 45-day recovery and reflection period for potential victims of human trafficking.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government exceed their international obligations by providing a 45-day period of reflection and recovery for potential victims of modern slavery. That is not a maximum but a minimum period. The reforms to the national referral mechanism were focused on extending support at the point where stakeholders tell us victims need it most as they move on from support and reintegrate into their longer-term communities. We are trebling that support to 45 days, giving people a minimum of 90 days’ support plus up to six months of post-NRM support.

Photo of Alex Norris Alex Norris Labour/Co-operative, Nottingham North

What data is now being kept regarding outcomes for people who have been through the national referral mechanism, and what does this data tell us about levels of re-trafficking?

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

If I may, I will write to the hon. Gentleman about that. We are very conscious, having listened to stakeholders, that the period in which they tell us victims most need support is after a decision has been made, and that is why we have trebled it.