Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has a statutory obligation and a duty of care to ensure that our patients and service users live free from harm and abuse.
Safeguarding means protecting people's health, wellbeing and human rights and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect: it is central to high quality healthcare.
It is also a fundamental requirement for registration and complying with the Care Quality Commission, Essential Standards for Quality and Safety.
What safeguarding means for people who use our care services
Safeguarding children and promoting their welfare includes:
- Protecting them from maltreatment or things that are bad for their health or development.
- Making sure they grow up in circumstances that allow safe and effective care.
If you are worried about any child and think they may be a victim of neglect or abuse, please contact:
Safeguarding adults includes:
- Protecting their rights to live in safety, free from abuse and neglect.
- People and organisations working together to prevent the risk of abuse or neglect, and to stop them from happening.
- Making sure people's wellbeing is promoted, taking their views, wishes, feelings and beliefs into account.
Adult abuse and neglect isn’t always obvious. If you suspect a vulnerable adult is suffering abuse or neglect in any way, please contact:
Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust Response to the Requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
Definition of Offences
Slavery, Servitude and 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 the person knows or ought to know that the other person is held in slavery or servitude, or;
- the person requires another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is being required to perform forced or compulsory labour.
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.
A person is exploited if one 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
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) makes the following statement regarding the steps it has taken in the financial year 2015/16 to ensure that Modern Slavery i.e. slavery and human trafficking, is not taking place in any part of its supply chains.
LCHS 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 are committed to social and environmental responsibility and have zero tolerance for Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. Any identified concerns regarding Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking are escalated as part of the organisational safeguarding process working in conjunction with our partner agencies.
- The Trust adheres to the National NHS Employment Checks / Standards (This includes employees UK address, right to work in the UK and suitable references).
- LCHS has systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.
- A review is undertaken of all safeguarding referrals via LCHS incident reporting system and presentation of data is shared at LCHS Safeguarding Governance and Patient Safety Committee.
- LCHS Safeguarding Adult Policy (4.13) identifies and defines Human trafficking and the response, which will be co-ordinated under the Safeguarding Adults process and the led by the police who are the lead agency (A national framework is in place to assist in the formal identification and help to coordinate the referral of victims to appropriate services, known as the National Referral Mechanism).
- The referral process for adults/ children at risk and links to both Lincolnshire safeguarding Adult and Children Board are located on the Safeguarding section of LCHS Website.
- NHS employment checks and payroll systems (i.e. people bought into the country illegally will not have a National Insurance number)
LCHS aims to be as effective as possible in ensuring that Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place in any part of its business or supply chains, and in addition to the above actions, measure its performance against the following indicators:
- The Trust endeavours to build long standing relationships with our suppliers and make clear our expectations of business behaviour. Where national or international supply chains are used, we expect these suppliers to have suitable anti-slavery and human trafficking policies and procedures and where there is a risk of Slavery and Human Trafficking taking place, steps have been taken to assess and manage that risk.
- Develop a level of communication with the next link 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 such as bribery, slavery and other ethical considerations.
- Working in partnership with Multi-Agency partners leading on this agenda in Lincolnshire, LCHS is represented on the LSAB Modern Slavery Sub- Committee.
- Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking training is available to all LCHS staff and in 2016 – 17, it is the specialist topic provided as part of the LCHS mandatory annual update safeguarding day. In addition to this all new staff complete safeguarding training which includes Modern day Slavery. Additional training is available via the Local Safeguarding Adult’s and Children’s Boards.
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 financial year 2015/16.
Lincolnshire County Council’s children's services
Open: 9am to 5pm
Telephone: 01522 782111
Lincolnshire County Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team
Open: 9am to 5pm
Telephone: 01522 782155
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board Multi-Agency Referral/Contact Form Completed form must be emailed to ASC@lincolnshire.gcsx.gov.uk.
If the referral requires urgent attention, a follow up phone call should be made to the Customer Service Centre (number above).
Peterborough Children’s Safeguarding
If you think that a child has been hurt, contact the duty social worker on 01733 864180 or you may call the Police. Out of office hours Emergency Duty Team can be called on 01733 234724.
Peterborough Adults Safeguarding
If you have a concern, suspicion or allegation that an adult is being subjected to harm, abuse or neglect you should contact:
Non-urgent referrals: contact customer services
Emergency referrals: within office hours, please contact customer services