Question to the Home Office:
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of applications to the National Referral Mechanism received a reasonable grounds decision in each of the last five years following appeal of a negative decision.
Statistics relating to the number of referrals made to the National Referral Mechanism by region is not currently published by the Single Competent Authority. Published statistics include the police force the referral was sent to for investigation and crime recording purposes.Data tables detailing the number of RG decisions made and their outcomes for the last five years can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-referral-mechanism-statistics-uk-end-of-year-summary-2019. The published data details the final outcome of an RG decision and does not take into account any previous decisions that may have been made on a particular case.
There is no appeals process for negative RG outcomes, however an individual, or someone acting on their behalf, may request reconsideration of a negative RG decision. Further detail on this can be found in the Modern Slavery Act 2015 – Statutory Guidance for England and Wales v1.02 sections 14.220 - 14.235. All negative decisions are reviewed by a Technical Specialist who is senior to a Decision Maker.