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Exploitation: Children

Question for Home Office

UIN 135680, tabled on 13 April 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many referrals to the National Referral Mechanism for children aged under 18, had ticked criminal services (i.e. involved the commission of an offence by the victim) under section D of the referral form, in (a) 2017-18, (b) 2016-17 and (c) 2015-16.

Answered on

23 April 2018

The National Crime Agency (NCA), publishes statistics on referrals into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). These statistics are published on a quarterly basis and the NCA have recently published the complete statistics for 2017. These statistics include the breakdown of referrals for children by nationality and primary exploitation type. Criminal Exploitation is recorded as a sub category of Labour Exploitation within the statistics and includes children found in cannabis farms, nail bars and those involved in ‘County Lines’ gang exploitation.

The 2017 Report is available via the following link:

Information detailed within section E of the NRM referral form is used to guide and inform the case worker as to the reasons for the referral, not to facilitate the case management of the referral. No detail is recorded within the NRM case management system of this data.

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Home Office