Support for survivors
There are not as many dedicated, independent support services for adult survivors as there should be. However, there are some services both in the West Midlands and more nationally that can be signposted to.
- The West Midlands Anti-Slavery Network publishes information on their website about support for survivors in the region, including a booklet on the support available for adult survivors in multiple languages.
- An additional directory of services for survivors in the West Midlands can be found on the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner website.
- Unseen runs the Modern Slavery Helpline which is open to anyone, including survivors, to call for help and advice: 08000 121 700
- Help and information for adult survivors can be found on GOV.UK website.
- Download leaflets outlining the support for victims of modern slavery, available in 11 languages
The National Referral Mechanism
The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) is the UK government’s framework for identifying and referring potential survivors of modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support.
Adults have to give informed consent to enter the NRM, and it is not the right choice for everyone. It is recommended that adults are supported to access legal advice and specialist independent casework before they make a decision about entering the NRM.
If an adult consents to enter the NRM, the form should be completed by someone who has been trained to do so. The Single Competent Authority at the Home Office will look at the information on the referral form, and use that information to make an initial decision as to whether someone is a potential survivor. If this initial decision is positive, then the person will enter the NRM and be entitled to support while in the process. These support entitlements are protected under European law.
This guidance explains how to complete the NRM referral form.
View the National Referral Mechanism guidance: Adult (England and Wales)
The NRM referral form is digital, and can be accessed on the GOV.UK website
It is recommended that an NRM form is drafted offline see the link below, before it is copied and pasted into the online form.
All adult survivors should have the NRM form read back to them before it is submitted, and consent to all information being shared with the Home Office. The information will also be sent on to the relevant police force, so they will need to consent to this as well.
Duty to notify
If an adult survivor does not consent to enter the NRM, then a First Responder should still complete a Duty to Notify form on the GOV.UK website
This is an anonymised version of the NRM form, and helps the Home Office to build up a picture of the nature and scale of exploitation in the UK.