A person commits an offence if the person:
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 or the victim is an adult or a child.
A person is exploited if 1 or more of the following issues are identified in relation to the victim:
As reported in our 2019 to 2020 annual report, NHS Kernow comprises 59 GP practices from across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and is responsible for planning and commissioning many local NHS services, serving a practice population of 534,000 patients.
NHS Kernow recognises safeguarding as a high priority for the organisation. In order to achieve this it ensures there are arrangements in place to provide strong leadership, vision and direction for safeguarding. NHS Kernow will ensure it has clear and accessible policies and procedures in line with relevant legislation, statutory guidance and best practice.
NHS Kernow has a clear line of accountability for safeguarding within NHS Kernow. An executive lead for safeguarding is in place and responsibility for safeguarding children and adults at risk is within the portfolio of the chief nursing officer. The designated nurses for safeguarding children and adults are an integral part of NHS Kernow activity. NHS Kernow ensures that organisations commissioned to provide services have appropriate systems that safeguard children in line with section 11 of the Children Act (2004). We ensure that organisations commissioned to provide services have appropriate systems that safeguard adults in line with the:
The diagram below describes the organisational governance structure that supports the delivery of the safeguarding adult and children agenda within NHS Kernow.
The accountable officer and/or the executive lead for safeguarding attend all of the committees below:
The NHS Kernow procurement policy and principles will be updated to include a commitment to NHS Kernow’s obligations under the Act and the action it intends to take in the procurement process.
In addition, NHS Kernow’s contractual agreements (Standard NHS Contract) contain an obligation within clause SC1 Provision of Services for providers of services to perform all of its obligations under the contract in accordance with:
Further, under SC32 Safety and Safeguarding, there is a requirement upon all of our providers to have in place programmes for safeguarding and to cooperate with the commissioner in pursuance of these.
Human trafficking and modern slavery guidance is included in the NHS Kernow safeguarding policies which are cross-referenced to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Adults Board and Safeguarding Children’s Partnership policies.
The response to human trafficking and modern slavery is coordinated under the Safeguarding Adults Board and Safer Cornwall Partnership both of which are multi-agency forums.
NHS Kernow is committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.
We adhere to the national NHS employment checks/standards. This includes employees UK address, right to work in the UK and suitable references.
NHS Kernow has in place systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle-blowers. Where possible, NHS Kernow builds longstanding relationships with our providers and makes clear our expectations of business behaviour. With regard to national or international supply chains, NHS Kernow expects these entities to have suitable anti- slavery and human trafficking policies and processes in place. NHS Kernow has a Governing Body lay member as a whistleblowing lead.
NHS Kernow 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 organisations safeguarding process and in conjunction with partner agencies; such as the local authority and police.
NHS Kernow 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:
The NHS terms and conditions relate to issues such as bribery, slavery and other ethical considerations
Reference is currently made to modern slavery and human trafficking within the organisation’s mandatory safeguarding children and adults training programmes. It is compliant with the recommendations in the safeguarding children and young people: roles and competences for healthcare staff; intercollegiate document, third edition, March 2014.