Modern slavery is a crime and a gross violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. Learn more on the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority website. The Home Office has also revised its guidance which can be found at Modern Slavery: Statutory Guidance for England and Wales (under s49 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015) and Non-Stautory Guidance for Scotland and Northern Ireland (publishing.service.gov.uk)
The Trust has a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and is fully committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our corporate activities. We are committed to ensuring there is transparency in our own business and in our approach to tackling modern slavery throughout our supply chains, consistent with our disclosure obligations under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks, however small, in our organisation and in the wider supply chain.
Learning and development provided by Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) and the Trust’s internal training programme cover these issues. Guidance on reporting modern slavery is also available on both the Children and Adult Safeguarding Board websites, the Trust’s intranet and staff are able to seek advice and supervision as necessary.
We work collaboratively with partners in the multi-agency safeguarding hub to ensure initial reports of modern slavery and trafficking are processed to provide a co-ordinated and consistent response to the individual or individuals at risk.
We continue to support criminal investigations into modern slavery, providing staff in and out of office hours to support adults and children who are allegedly involved or connected to criminal activity associated with modern slavery and trafficking. Our staff will continue to support partners with their endeavours and the issues remain high on the safeguarding agenda for both adults and children.
Learn more by reading our Trust's modern slavery statement.