Modern Slavery Statement

Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust Response to the Requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

 

Definition of Offences

Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour.

A person commits an offence if:

  • The person holds another person in slavery or servitude and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is held in slavery or servitude, or;
  • The person requires another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is being required to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Human Trafficking.

A person commits an offence if:

  • The person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person (victim) with a view to being exploited.
  • It is irrelevant whether the victim consents to travel and whether or not the victim is an adult or a child.

Exploitation.

A person is exploited if one or more of the following issues are identified in relation to the victim;

  • Slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour.
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Removal of organs
  • Securing services by force, threats and deception
  • Securing services from children, young people and vulnerable persons.

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS)

LCHS provides community healthcare and healthy lifestyle services for the people of Lincolnshire, one of the largest healthcare communities in the country. Our 2,500 staff care for thousands of patients every day in community hospitals, health clinics, schools children’s centres and also to patients within their own homes.

Our community healthcare services include:

  • general and specialist integrated community nursing and therapy healthcare services
  • In-patient beds in four community hospitals
  • Urgent Care services
  • Family and Healthy Life lifestyle services Children’s and Young People’s services

LCHS statement of response:

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, LCHS makes the following statement regarding the steps it has taken in the financial year 2015/16 to ensure that Modern Slavery i.e. slavery and human trafficking, is not taking place in any part of its supply chains.

LCHS is committed to ensuring that there is no Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. We are committed to social and environmental responsibility and have zero tolerance for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Any identified concerns regarding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking are escalated as part of the organisational safeguarding process working in conjunction with our partner agencies.

  • The Trust adheres to the National NHS Employment Checks / Standards (This includes employees UK address, right to work in the UK and suitable references).
  • LCHS has systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.
  • A review is undertaken of all safeguarding referrals via LCHS incident reporting system and presentation of data is shared at LCHS Safeguarding Governance and Patient Safety Committee.
  • LCHS Safeguarding Adult Policy (4.13) identifies and defines Human trafficking and the response, which will be co-ordinated under the Safeguarding Adults process and the led by the police who are the lead agency (A national framework is in place to assist in the formal identification and help to coordinate the referral of victims to appropriate services, known as the National Referral Mechanism).
  • The referral process for adults/ children at risk and links to both Lincolnshire safeguarding Adult and Children Board are located on the Safeguarding section of LCHS Website.
  • NHS employment checks and payroll systems (i.e. people bought into the country illegally will not have a National Insurance number)

During 2016/17

LCHS aims to be as effective as possible in ensuring that Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place in any part of its business or supply chains, and in addition to the above actions, measure its performance against the following indicators:

  • The Trust endeavours to build long standing relationships with our suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour. Where national or international supply chains are used, we expect these suppliers to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and procedures and where there is a risk of Slavery and Human Trafficking taking place, steps have been taken to assess and manage that risk.
  • Develop a level of communication with the next link in the supply chain and their understanding of, and compliance with, our expectations in relation to the NHS terms and conditions. These conditions relate to issues such as bribery, slavery and other ethical considerations.
  • Working in partnership with Multi-Agency partners leading on this agenda in Lincolnshire, LCHS is represented on the LSAB Modern Slavery Sub- Committee.
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking training is available to all LCHS staff and in 2016 – 17, it is the specialist topic provided as part of the LCHS mandatory annual update safeguarding day. In addition to this all new staff complete safeguarding training which includes Modern day Slavery. Additional training is available via the Local Safeguarding Adult’s and Children’s Boards.

This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our organisation’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the financial year 2015/16.