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.

Unseen are first responders under the NRM system and are able to make referrals on behalf of potential victims.

The South West is currently part of an NRM Pilot process. You can read more about the NRM and the pilots here. As a part of this pilot, Unseen participate in multi-disciplinary panels, making decisions in conjunction with other agencies regarding conclusive grounds decisions for potential victims.

Unseen has been involved with using the NRM for the last five years and has:

  • Reviewed the National Referral Mechanism to establish whether it provided an effective means of supporting and identifying victims of human trafficking.
  • Unseen’s MD spent a day with the report’s authors, as part of the Stakeholders consultation process, exploring the effectiveness of the NRM for frontline staff and survivors and proposing solutions for the gaps identified.
  • We also attended a working group of experts ahead of the report’s release, contributing our ideas on alternative solutions for the NRM system. The report is available here.
  • We published research with the University of West England looking at the effectiveness of the training given to those agencies involved in the NRM pilot. The research paper is available here. We plan to follow the progress of the pilot and to conduct further research into its implementation.
For further information about the NRM please refer to the Frontline Professionals page