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Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Berkshire West CCG modern slavery and human trafficking statement

Background
Modern Slavery is the illegal trade of human beings for the purposes of forced labour, commercial sexual exploitation or reproductive slavery, or other modern-day forms of slavery.

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 has introduced changes in UK law focused on increasing transparency in supply chains, to ensure they are free from modern slavery.

Berkshire West CCG is 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
When procuring goods and services, we apply NHS Terms and Conditions (for non-clinical procurement) and the NHS Standard Contract (for clinical procurement). Both require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.

CCG Designated Safeguarding Leads provide expert support and advice into the commissioning process and support multi-agency work to respond to modern slavery and human trafficking.

The CCG works closely with the 3 Local Authorities in the West of Berkshire regarding support for children at risk of trafficking and modern slavery, including Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC), through the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Corporate Parenting Panels.

All our employees undergo mandatory safeguarding training which includes awareness of Modern Slavery.

Our recruitment processes adhere to safe recruitment principles, including strict requirements in respect of identity checks, work permits and criminal records.

We comply with all legislative and regulatory requirements in all of our own operations.

What you can do:
If you identify a potential victim they can be referred for help and offered Government-funded support through a range of specialist providers across the UK.

The Department of Health has produced a guidance leaflet for healthcare staff ‘Identifying and supporting victims of modern slavery’ 

A further source of help is the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 0121 700.

Dr Cathy Winfield, Chief Officer, NHS Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group
June 2018

This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and applies to Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group.