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NRM Referrals (128/20)

Request

I would be very grateful for the following information in relation to suspected victims of modern trafficking:

1. Annual totals of NRM referrals made to your force in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

2. Of the total annual referrals, the number of a) men; b) women.

3. Of the total annual referrals, the number of children under 18 years-of-age.

Response

Under section 21 of the Act, we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already reasonably accessible to you. Data up to and including Quarter 1 2019, can be found on the following website:

https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/who-we-are/publications?search=&category%5B%5D=13&category%5B%5D=14&category%5B%5D=15&=%2Fwho-we-are%2Fpublications%3Flimit%3D100%26sort%3Dtitle%26direction%3Dasc&limit=100&tag=&tag

Quarter 2 and Quarter 3 2019 onwards, can be found on the following website:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-referral-mechanism-statistics

This is an ongoing publication scheme, and under section 22 of the Act we are not required to provide information in response to a request if it is already scheduled to be released into the public domain.

Therefore, data from September 2019 onwards is exempt by virtue of the Section 22(1) – Information intended for future publication.

While release of this information may enhance public knowledge of this area, to respond to this request at this time would require the information to be retrieved and collated, and would involve a disproportionate use of resources. In addition, uncoordinated release of this information, especially without proper consultation with those involved before the data are properly verified could result in the release of misleading data.

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

https://www.app.college.police.uk/app-content/information-management/freedom-of-information/#freedom-of-information-exemptions

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