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Modern Slavery Act 2019/20 Annual Statement

Modern Slavery Act 2019/20 Annual Statement

Modern Slavery Act – Annual Statement 2019/20

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC makes the following statement regarding the steps it has taken in the financial year 2018/19 to ensure that Modern Slavery is not taking place in any part of the organisation or across any part of its supply chain.

About Nottingham CityCare Partnership

We were formed as a Social Enterprise on 1 April 2011 and employ over 1200 staff with a budget of £51.3 million.

We deliver a range of community healthcare services shaped to meet the needs of the communities we serve - from health visiting and education for young families to community nursing and home-based rehabilitation services for older people, and from the NHS Urgent Care Centre to specialist services.

We work in partnership with patients, staff, the private, public and voluntary sectors and the local community to build a healthier, more sustainable future for all.

As a Community Interest Company we are a not for profit organisation and therefore reinvest back into our organisation and into community health projects. The communities we serve lie at the heart of CityCare and we are very much focused on building sustainable services that generate healthier, happier futures for local people.

For more information on our services visit www.nottinghamcitycare.nhs.uk or call our Customer Care Team on 0115 883 9654.

Arrangements to Prevent Slavery and Human Trafficking

We are aware of the key issues around the Modern Slavery Act and are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chain or in any part of our organisation.

Supply Chain/Working with Suppliers

CityCare is committed to continuously improving its practices to identify and eliminate any slavery and human trafficking across its business and supply chain, and to acting ethically and with integrity in all of its business relationships.

CityCare complies with relevant Procurement legislation and uses a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire on procurements, which exceed policy thresholds.  Bidders are required to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.

CityCare purchases a significant number of products through NHS Supply Chain, who’s ‘Supplier Code of Conduct’ includes a provision around forced labour.   Other contracts are governed by standard NHS Terms & Conditions.  High value contracts are effectively managed and relationships built with suppliers. 

The majority of our purchases utilise existing supply contracts or frameworks which have been negotiated under the NHS Standard Terms and Conditions of Contract, these all have the requirement for suppliers to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes in place.  Where a suitable framework exists we use them in preference to tendering.  These are run by NHS procurement hubs and contain the standard Terms & Conditions. 

Policies and Procedures

Our policies and procedures reflect our commitment to acting ethically in all our business relationships and to implementing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place.

We have a number of internal policies and procedures designed to ensure we are compliant with key national policies including Human Rights Act 1998, Equalities Act 2010 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Recruitment Policy – Our Recruitment Policy includes the requirement to conduct eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard them against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.  These checks include checks of identity, eligibility to work, evidence of qualifications, health clearance, employment history and in areas of safeguarding risk a Disclosure Barring Service criminal records check.

Equal Opportunities Policy – We have a wide range of controls to protect staff from poor treatment and/or exploitation, which complies with legal and regulatory frameworks.  These include terms and conditions of employment, access to training and development.

Safeguarding Policies – We adhere to the principles inherent within both our Adult’s and Children’s safeguarding policies.  These are compliant with the Nottinghamshire multiagency arrangements and provide clear guidance to support staff in how to raise safeguarding concerns about how colleagues or people who receive our services are being treated.

Freedom to Speak up Policy – We have a Freedom to Speak up (Whistleblowing) Policy which encourages staff to report concerns including any related to modern slavery/trafficking and child or forced labour.

Employment Policies – We offer a suite of employment policies that explain how we ensure comprehensive checks and balances are in place to negate the likelihood of individuals being employed by CityCare who have been trafficked or who are the victims of modern slavery.

Training and Promotion

Our safeguarding training includes role relevant modern slavery awareness and understanding to reflect the Department of Health and Social Care’s project around Provider Responses, Treatment and Care for Trafficked People (PROTECT).

In addition our Head of Procurement undertakes an annual CIPS Ethical Training Course which covers the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and abides by the CIPS Professional Code of Conduct.

Looking Ahead

Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to enhance our policies and procedures to help us identify and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers and recruitment.

Approval

The Board of Directors has approved this statement for publication on our website.

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2019.

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