Time to transform: results of a survey of frontline professionals on the National Referral Mechanism for child victims of trafficking and modern slavery.

Summary: Explores professionals’ attitudes towards the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the UK’s framework for identifying victims of human trafficking or modern slavery. Focuses specifically on the response to trafficked children. Key findings from a survey of frontline practitioners working with children who may have been trafficked include: over 80 per cent of respondents believed NRM decisions were not made in a suitable timeframe; 75 per cent felt decision-making should happen within existing child multi-agency procedures. Raises concerns about the NRM’s effectiveness in safeguarding trafficked children and calls on government to reform the system so it works more successfully for children.

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Authors: ECPAT UK
Publication details: [London]: ECPAT UK, 2017