This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out steps we are taking so that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place, within our business or our supply chain. Modern slavery is a hidden crime that encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP) is fully aware of the responsibilities we bear towards people who use our services, employees and local communities. We have a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and human trafficking. We are fully committed to upholding the provisions of the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act 2015 and require our staff and our supply chain to comply with the legislation.
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire and drug & alcohol services in Surrey, Hounslow and Brighton. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire. We deliver high quality care across our 140 services, all of which are registered with the Care Quality Commission. We employ 2,300 staff across 39 sites, serving a population of 1.3 million. Our services are provided in community settings, hospitals and residential homes with an emphasis on providing local treatment and support close to people's homes wherever possible.
To play our part in eradicating modern slavery and mitigate the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our own business and our supply chain we:
- Apply NHS Terms and Conditions for procuring goods and services (for non-clinical procurement) and the NHS Standard Contract (for clinical procurement). Both require suppliers to comply with relevant legislation.
- Comply with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015, use reputable frameworks where appropriate and for any procurement processes the Trust uses the mandatory Crown Commercial Services (CCS) Standard Selection Questionnaire. Bidders are always required to confirm their compliance with the Modern Slavery Act.
- Ask our awarded suppliers to, sign up to the NHS Terms and Conditions for procuring goods and services which contain a provision around Good Industry Practice to ensure each supplier’s commitment to anti-slavery and human trafficking in their supply chains.
- In addition, an increasing number of NHS suppliers are implementing the Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) as a condition of contract for tenders within high risk sectors and product categories, as referenced in the Government’s Modern Slavery Strategy.
We have internal policies in place, to protect those that we, and our delivery partners, work with from modern day slavery and human trafficking.
- We adhere to the principles inherent within both our safeguarding children and adults policies. These are compliant with the Surrey multiagency agreements and provide clear guidance so that our employees are certain on how to raise safeguarding concerns about how colleagues or people receiving our services are being treated, or about practices within our business or supply chain.
- Staff are expected to report concerns about slavery and human trafficking and management will act upon them in accordance with our policies and procedures.
- Staff must contact the Safeguarding Children and Adults Lead for advice, support and guidance in-addition to holding discussions with their line managers.
- All clinical and non-clinical staff have a responsibility to consider issues regarding modern slavery and incorporate their understanding of these into their day-to-day practices.
- All staff are trained on safeguarding during induction, and undertake 3 yearly update safeguarding training relevant to their roles.
- We operate a whistleblowing policy, so all employees can raise concerns about how colleagues or people receiving our services are being treated, or about practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisal.
This statement has been signed by our Chief Finance Officer and approved by the Board.