National Referral Mechanism

MQT on 2016-03-16
Session date: 
March 16, 2016
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At the recent London Assembly Health Committee focusing on maternity services, it was stated that while police officers are regularly informed of possibly trafficked pregnant women receiving care, not enough of them are aware of the process of the national referral mechanism. What training is available to ensure that Metropolitan Police Service officers understand the national referral mechanism?


Answer for National Referral Mechanism

Answer for National Referral Mechanism

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The MPS is working hard to ensure that all front line officers receive training on the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).

All police officers now receive mandatory National Centre for Applied Learning Technologies (NCALT) training on the NRM.

In addition all new recruits receive training on Modern Slavery Offences, including the NRM. Officers attending promotion courses receive further training, which again includes Modern Slavery Offences and the NRM.

Bespoke training is also delivered by officers from the Trafficking and Kidnap Unit to a variety of boroughs and units where a training need has been identified and specifically requested.