Duty to Notify

Duty to notify the Home Office of potential victim of modern slavery

From 1 November 2015, specified public authorities have a duty to notify the Secretary of State of any individual identified in England and Wales as a suspected victim of slavery or human trafficking. It is estimated that there were 10-13,000 victims of modern slavery in the UK in 2013, with only 1746 potential victims referred to the National Referral Mechanism in the same period. This duty is intended to improve the identification of victims and help build a more comprehensive picture of the nature and scale of modern slavery, to improve victim identification and the law enforcement response.

The “duty to notify” 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

Home Office staff within UK Visas and Immigration, Border Force and Immigration Enforcement are also required, as a matter of Home Office policy, to make an internal referral to the Modern Slavery Case Management Unit (dutytonotify@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk) who will manage these notifications.

Click here to access the Home Office's "duty to notify" form

All information on this page is taken from the Home Office statutory guidance on modern slavery