Inter-County modern slavery and human trafficking statement
Inter-County provides regulatory and support services to the health and care system.
Further details about what we do can be found on our website.
Current policies and initiatives
Inter-County fully supports the Government’s objectives to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking and recognises the significant role Inter-County has to play in both combatting it and supporting victims. In particular, we are strongly committed to ensuring our supply chains and business activities are free from ethical and labour standards abuses. Steps taken to date include:
- We confirm the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom, and pay all our employees above the National Living Wage
Procurement and our supply chain
- Our procurement approach follows the Crown Commercial Service standard and includes a mandatory exclusion question regarding the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
- To date all Commercial and Procurement staff have received training on ethical and staffing issues in procurement. Ethical and staffing issues form a key part of our induction for new entrants to the Commercial team.
Review of effectiveness
We intend to take further steps to identify, assess and monitor potential risk areas in terms of modern slavery and human trafficking, particularly in our supply chains.
In 2020/21, our anti-slavery programme will also:
- continue to support all Inter-County staff to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the impact that each, and every individual working in the NHS can have in keeping present and potential future victims of modern slavery and human trafficking safe.
- ensure that all Inter-County staff have access to training, supported by Health Education England (HEE), on how to identify those who are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. This training will include the latest information and will help staff develop the skills to support individuals who come into contact with health services
- work with Inter-County funded organisations to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are taken seriously and features prominently in safeguarding work plans.
- review all Inter-County safeguarding policies and training programmes to ensure that Modern Slavery and human trafficking reflect potential requirements in pending reforms relating to the pre-criminal needs of people involved in human trafficking and modern slavery.
- undertake a risk assessment on transparency in supply chain including an overview of products, services and suppliers procured.
Further details can be found on our website.
Caroline Hempstead, Managing Director, Inter-County
This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and applies to Inter-County.
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