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, report an adult safeguarding concern.
Modern day slavery is the recruitment, movement, harboring or receiving of children, women or men through the use of force, coercion, abuse of vulnerability, deception or other means for the purpose of exploitation. Individuals may be trafficked into, out of or within the UK, and they may be trafficked for a number of reasons including sexual exploitation, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.
Traffickers and slave masters use whatever means they have at their disposal to coerce, deceive and force individuals into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment. (Modern Slavery: UK Action to Tackle the Crime).
The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is designed to consolidate various offences relating to human trafficking and slavery. The provisions in the act create a requirement for an annual statement to be prepared that demonstrates transparency in supply chains. In line with all businesses with a turnover greater than £36 million per annum, the NHS is also obliged to comply with the Act.
The statement should include the steps an organisation has taken during the financial year to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in any part of the supply chain or its business. The statement must be approved by the board of directors. The aim of this statement is to demonstrate the trust follows good practice and all reasonable steps are taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking.All members of staff have a personal responsibility for the successful prevention of slavery and human trafficking.
In common with a significant proportion of eligible UK businesses, the Trust is able to report on the progress that has been made in 2017/18 including the processes currently in place which support this work further intended actions and outline including an action plan to take the workforwards in 2018/19.
The position in Lincolnshire
In 2017 nine members of a traveler family were jailed for a combined total of over 79 years for running a modern-day slave camp in Lincolnshire. Almost all of the 18 victims had problems with alcohol and drugs or mental health issues. The victims were forced to live in squalid caravans or stable blocks often with no toilet or running water. Use of violence was a common feature and one of the men was held by the family for 26 years.
LCHS is fully aware of its responsibilities towards patients, employees and the local community and we work in conjunction with our multi-agency partners to embed best practice in respect of modern day slavery across Lincolnshire.
Current Position of LCHS
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust delivers a range of community-based services to the people of Lincolnshire. We provide a range of services, which include community hospitals, minor injuries units, GP practices, out of hour’s services, sexual health, services for children and families, therapies, community nursing and specialist nursing services. The trust delivers services in people’s homes, primary care premises and as well as from the following main sites, of which some are community inpatient facilities: John Coupland Hospital, Johnson Community Hospital, Louth County Hospital, and Skegness Hospital. We employ 1,800 staff working out of a range of bases covering the whole county of Lincolnshire, an area of 2,350 sq. miles and a population of 723,000.
In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, Lincolnshire Community Health Services
NHS Trust, makes the following statement regarding the steps it has taken to ensure that
Modern Slavery i.e. slavery and human trafficking, is not taking place in any part of its supply
The aim of this statement is to demonstrate the trust follows good practice and all reasonable steps are taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking.
All members of staff have a personal responsibility for the successful prevention of slavery and human trafficking with the procurement department taking responsibility lead for overall compliance.
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 the Safeguarding and Patient Safety Group and the Quality & Risk Committee.
LCHS Safeguarding Adult Policy 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)
We recognise that best practice in ensuring that Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place in any part of LCHS business or supply chains, we will in addition to the above actions, measure our performance against the following indicators:
- In order to demonstrate due diligence processes in relation to Modern Slavery in its business and supply chains, LCHS will requires that all companies (with a turnover of over £36 million), provide an annual Slavery and Human Trafficking statement / report to comply with the Modern Slavery Act, 2015.
- We continue 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 those 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.
- We continually 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.
- We work 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 incorporated in the annual mandatory training package.
- All staff new to the Trust are required to complete safeguarding training which includes Modern Day Slavery. Compliance of such is scrutinised within the internal governance groups/committees.
- Additional training is available via the Local Safeguarding Adult and Children’s Boards and is regularly promoted via the internal communications systems.
Implications for equality and diversity
The Trust has a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations between people from different groups. In relation to the issues set out in this paper, consideration has been given to the impact that the recommendations might have on these requirements and on the nine protected groups identified by the Act (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, gender and sexual orientation). It is anticipated that the recommendations of this paper are not likely to have any particular impact upon the requirements of or the protected groups identified by the Equality Act.
Reference to CQC regulations
There are no references to CQC outcomes.
Progress of report - Board of Directors
Risk - The Trust is required to comply with the legislation, non-compliance may result in action being taken against the Trust
Resource implications - no resource implications
Owner - Board of Directors
Author - Barbara Mitchell, Head of Safeguarding
Date of statement - August 2018
The Trust is required to review and /or prepare a similar statement on an annual basis. To support the production of statement assurance mechanisms will be put in place, including the use of Internal Audit where required.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constituted our organisation’s Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking statement for the financial year 2017/18.
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.