Safeguarding - adults and children

Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence, abuse and neglect. Our designated teams and professionals help us ensure that we meet our statutory responsibilities towards safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.

As well as carrying out criminal checks, we train, supervise and support all our staff on safeguarding and we report on this each year. Our teams also promote good professional practice, ensure audits are carried out, and make sure that we learn from what we practice.

Children

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. If you are worried about a child or young person’s safety or welfare, you can speak to someone in children’s social care by calling:

Warwickshire County Council (WCC)
Tel: +44(0)1926 410410

Urgent concerns outside normal working hours contact WCC's Duty children’s team
Tel: +44(0)1926 886922

Adults

Any adult at risk of abuse or neglect should be able to access the relevant services, including the civil and criminal justice system and victim support services. Our staff will treat any information passed to them with sensitivity and we suggest speaking to someone by calling:

Safeguarding Adults Team
Tel: +44(0)1926 412080

Domestic Abuse Helpline
Tel: +44(0)808 2000 247

Hate crime reporting helpline
Tel: +44(0)851 292221

Warwickshire Victim Support
Tel: +44(0)300 3031977

On occasion, patients may need someone to act as an advocate for them if they no longer have mental capacity to make important decisions. If this is required we will contact an Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy Service.

Modern Slavery Act 2015

The UK Modern Slavery Act became law on the 26th March 2015. It aims to prevent all forms of labour exploitation, and to increase transparency of labour practices in supply chains. Under the additional clause (clause 6) added retrospectively to the Act, it also requires eligible commercial organisations (over £36m turnover per annum) to make a public statement as to the actions they have taken to detect and deal with forced labour and trafficking in their supply chains – the ‘Transparency in Supply Chains obligation’.

There is clear direction from HM Government, in the guidance issued with the Act, that eligible organisations will commit time and resources to understanding, and working to combat, the issue of slavery in its supply chain. Additional specific direction came from the then Home Secretary Teresa May that organisations must increase their supply chain accountability.

Under the Act, eligible organisations must publish an annual statement in line with their financial year end. All eligible organisations must have published by 30 June 2017. All eligible organisations must then publish annually.

The scope of the obligation is to state the steps the organisation has taken (or state that no steps have been taken), to detect and deal with forced labour or human trafficking in the supply chain. Whilst a non-compliance statement was deemed acceptable for the first year of publication, there is an expectation of evidenced year on year improvement in the actions carried out within the organisation to detect and deal with forced labour or human trafficking in the supply chain.

For clarity, ‘supply chain’ has a much wider implication than just the purchasing of goods and services carried out, by procurement teams. It also includes the supply chain of the carrying out of its own business.

As ‘supply chain’ also includes the carrying out of its own business, HR recruitment for permanent staff, bank and agency staff, and other bought in medical and non-medical consultants falls within the scope of the Act.

SWFT will be identifying which policies require the addition of appropriate reference to the Modern Slavery Act and its requirements. These will then be updated in line with policy ratification process for approval if required. The Trust’s e-learning module on Equality and Diversity will be updated as necessary to include training on the awareness of human trafficking and forced labour, and provide advice on what to do if this is suspected. The module will be mandatory for all new staff and refresher training, and participation can be monitored and reported on if required.

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