Slavery: Victims

Home Office written question – answered on 10th January 2018.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to strengthen the first responder role as a result of reforms to the National Referral Mechanism announced in October 2017.

Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Shadow Minister (Equalities Office) (Women and Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where the multi-disciplinary panels will be located as a result of the reforms to the National Referral Mechanism announced by the Government in October 2017.

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

On 26 October 2016 the Government announced its plans for reform of the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) confirming the Government’s commitment to markedly improving the identification of, and support provided to, victims of modern slavery. This includes strengthening the role of designated first responders by considering who should be a first responder and how they should be trained, and introducing independent panel of experts to review all negative decisions adding significantly to the scrutiny such cases currently receive.

Detailed implementation plans for the reform programme are currently being developed, including in respect of the multi-disciplinary panels and further information will be announced in due course.

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