This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.
Victims of modern slavery in the UK
The number of potential victims of modern slavery who received a positive reasonable grounds decision within the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). This is a proxy for the global indicator as it only provides number, as opposed to proportion.
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Child - For this indicator a child is regarded as someone under the age of 18 years, or thought to be under the age of 18 years, at the time of exploitation.
Trafficking - According to Article 3, paragraph (a) of the UN Trafficking in Persons Protocol, trafficking in persons is defined as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs”.
NRM - The National Referral Mechanism is a framework for identifying and referring potential victims of modern slavery and ensuring they receive the appropriate support. Please see the National referral mechanism guidance - adult (England and Wales)
There is no one data source that accurately quantifies the number of child victims in the UK. The National Referral Mechanism (NRM) currently provides the best measure of potential victims, although is known to be an undercount.
Please see the Sourcing data on child victims of modern slavery, UK - progress report for details on the process of choosing to use NRM data.
This indicator is being used as an approximation of the UN SDG Indicator. Where possible, we will work to identify or develop UK data to meet the global indicator specification. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.
|Data last updated||27 September 2022|
|Metadata last updated||06 April 2023|