Last updated 23/09/2021
This section explains how self-identification as a victim of modern slavery must be considered when reviewing a potential victim’s case.
The Competent Authority must not rely solely on a person self-identifying, but explore objective supporting evidence. Self-identifying or otherwise must be considered with the factual evidence.
Whether or not someone indentifies themselves as a victim, the Competent Authority must consider if there are objective signs. Such indicators will help the Competent Authority identify potential victims of modern slavery. It is important that the Competent Authority does not rely on victims to identify themselves, but instead knows how to recognise and identify the signs of modern slavery. For more information on what to look for, see Assessment of modern slavery by the Competent Authority.