Council helping to stamp out modern slavery in Nottinghamshire

Councillor Kay Cutts, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, welcomes the Council’s commitment to preventing victims of modern slavery and human trafficking working at the authority and within its products and services supply chain.

The Council’s Policy Committee yesterday (Wednesday 24 January) agreed the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement, which outlines how the authority will assess services which are at risk of modern slavery or human trafficking.

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It will also raise awareness on the issue through staff training, and practical guidance for employees to spot potential victims and report any concerns.

The UK is leading the drive to tackle modern slavery and this statement outlines the Council’s commitment to making sure this illegal practice is not taking place in the County Council’s business or supply chains.

The Council will be keeping a close eye on its suppliers and will not support or deal with any business that is knowingly involved in modern slavery or human trafficking.

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All Council employees responsible for supply chains, purchasing goods and services and working in Human Resources have also been trained on the issue.

The report outlines signs of trafficking for Council staff to look out for with suppliers and commissioned services, including if an employee seems withdrawn or frightened, or acts as if they were instructed or coached by someone else.

Furthermore, the authority is working the University of Nottingham on a pioneering study to identify the slavery risk in its adult social care services.

People who are concerned about a person who could be a victim of modern slavery should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101.