Modern slavery and human trafficking statement

This statement comprises the slavery and human trafficking statement of NHS North East London Clinical Commissioning Group (the organisation) for the financial year ending 31st March 2022 in accordance with Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The organisation recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities.

Definition of Offences

Modern day slavery, servitude, 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 person knows or ought to know that the other person is held in slavery or servitude
  • requires another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and the circumstances are such that 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 1 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.

Organisational Structure

As an authorised statutory body, the CCG is the lead commissioner for health care services (including acute, community, mental health and primary care) in Barking & Dagenham, City of London, Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. The Membership, Governing Body, Executive Team and all employees are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business activity and in so far as is possible to holding our suppliers to account to do likewise.

Our approach

Our overall approach is governed by compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and the maintenance and development of best practice in the fields of contracting and employment. The CCG recognises safeguarding as a high priority for the organisation. In order to achieve this we ensure that we have arrangements in place to provide strong leadership, vision and direction for safeguarding. We make sure we have clear accessible policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and best practice.

The organisational structure, business and supply chain

We have a clear line of accountability for safeguarding within the CCG. The CCG’s Accountable Officer has ultimate accountability for ensuring that the health contribution to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults is discharged effectively across the whole health economy through commissioning arrangements. The Nurse Director is the Governing Body executive lead for safeguarding, and has responsibility for providing leadership and gaining assurance in relation to safeguarding issues within the CCG and locality. The CCG employs the expertise of Designated professionals for both children and adults. These roles are an integral part of the CCG’s activity and support the delivery of the safeguarding adult and children agenda.

Procurement

The CCG ensures that organisations commissioned to provide services have appropriate systems that safeguard children in line with section 11 of the Children Act (2004) and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018), and adults in line with The Mental Capacity Act 2005, The Care Act 2014 and The Modern Slavery Act 2015. 

Business and supply chains

The CCG is committed to ensuring that there is no Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business. Safe recruitment principles are adhered to which includes strict requirements in respect of identity checks, work permits and criminal records. The pay structure is derived from national collective agreements and is based on equal pay principles with rates of pay that are nationally determined. Systems are in place to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.

With regards to providers and supply chains, we expect these entities to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and processes in place. We will use our routine contract management meetings with major providers to hold them explicitly to account for compliance with the Act and we will implement any relevant clauses contained within the Standard NHS Contract for 2021/22.

Contracting with providers is a core function of the CCG

The CCG is committed to social and environmental responsibility and has zero tolerance for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Any identified concerns regarding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking would be escalated as part of the organisational safeguarding process and in conjunction with partner agencies; such as the Local Authority and Police.

All of our contracting and commissioning staff are suitably qualified and experienced in managing healthcare contracts and will receive appropriate briefings on the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act). We undertake due diligence when considering taking on new suppliers, and regularly review our existing suppliers.

Ensuring that Slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place in its business or supply chains

The CCG aims to be as effective as possible in ensuring that modern slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place in any part of our business or supply chains by:

i. Effective interagency working with local authorities, the police and third sector organisations which includes appropriate arrangements for preventing and responding to modern slavery and Human Trafficking;
ii. Signing up to the multi-agency policy and procedures for the protection of adults with care and support needs;
iii. Undertaking robust NHS employment checks and payroll systems;
iv. Ensuring good communication through contract management meetings, with our commissioned providers 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 including bribery, slavery and other ethical considerations.
v. Requiring the CCG’s providers to complete the Assurance Reporting Framework as stated in IRSG 12 – 100% Compliance with Safeguarding Reporting Framework.

Staff training about Slavery and Human Trafficking

Slavery and Human Trafficking is part of the organisation’s Mandatory Safeguarding Children and Adults training programme.

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 current financial year.

Acting Accountable Officer: Henry Black

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