Victim Support Schemes

Home Office written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Simon Fell Simon Fell Conservative, Barrow and Furness

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications there have been to the National Referral Mechanism by region in each of the last five years.

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

Statistics relating to the number of referrals made to the National Referral Mechanism by region is not currently published by the Single Competent Authority. Published statistics include the police force the referral was sent to for investigation and crime recording purposes.

Data tables detailing the number of RG decisions made and their outcomes for the last five years can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-referral-mechanism-statistics-uk-end-of-year-summary-2019

The published data details the final outcome of an RG decision and does not take into account any previous decisions that may have been made on a particular case.

There is no appeals process for negative RG outcomes, however an individual, or someone acting on their behalf, may request reconsideration of a negative RG decision. Further detail on this can be found in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Statutory Guidance for England and Wales v1.02 sections 14.220 - 14.235. All negative decisions are reviewed by a Technical Specialist who is senior to a Decision Maker.

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