Duty To Notify Modern Slavery Materials


Home Office Strategic Communications have created a partner fact sheet and a poster, to help raise awareness of a duty to notify/reporting requirements for Modern slavery and human trafficking amongst relevant organisations. The materials can also be downloaded at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modern-slavery-duty-to-notify.

Background information on Duty to Notify

From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities have had a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual encountered in England and Wales who they believe is a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. This duty is intended to gather statistics and help build a more comprehensive picture of the nature and scale of modern slavery.

It is estimated that there were 10,000-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013, but only 1,746 potential victims were referred to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM) in the same period. In 2015, this figure rose to 3,266 potential victims.

The ‘duty to notify’ provision is set out in Section 52 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, and applies to the following public authorities in England and Wales at the time of publication (additional public authorities can be added through regulations):

(a) a chief officer of police for a police area,
(b) the chief constable of the British Transport Police Force,
(c) the National Crime Agency,
(d) a county council,
(e) a county borough council,
(f) a district council,
(g) a London borough council,
(h) the Greater London Authority,
(i) the Common Council of the City of London,
(j) the Council of the Isles of Scilly,
(k) the Gangmasters Licensing Authority.


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