South Kesteven District Council Modern Slavery Act Transparency Statement

Introduction 

This statement sets out South Kesteven District Council's actions to understand all potential modern slavery risks related to its business and to put in place steps that are aimed at ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in its own business and its supply chains. 

As part of Local Government, South Kesteven District Council recognises that it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking. 

The Council is absolutely committed to preventing slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, and to ensuring that its supply chains are free from slavery and human trafficking. 

Organisational structure and supply chains 

This statement covers all activities of South Kesteven District Council in achieving its strategic objectives as determined by its organisational structure, its contract and procedure rules and its corporate plan. This statement applies to all employees, agency workers, services delivered on behalf of the Council by third party organisations and in the Council's supply chains: 

Countries of operation and supply 

South Kesteven District Council only operates within the United Kingdom. Whilst National Referral Mechanism statistics show a year on year increase in the number of referrals of potential victims of modern slavery the risk of slavery and human trafficking remains relatively low in the UK. This Council acknowledges, however, that these figures represent only a proportion of cases of exploitation and therefore remains vigilant and committed to preventing and taking action against identified slavery and human trafficking in its corporate activities, its supply chains and in the wider community. 

Responsibility 

Responsibility for the organisation's anti-slavery initiatives is as follows: 

Relevant policies 

The organisation operates the following policies that describe its approach to the identification of modern slavery risks and steps to be taken to prevent slavery and human trafficking in its operations. 

Whistleblowing policy: The Council encourages all its workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains of, the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. The organisation's whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers and members of the public to make disclosures, without fear of retaliation. Employees, customers or others who have concerns can use our confidential helpline 0800 085376 or e mail whistleblowing@lincolnshire.gov.uk . For more information see South Kesteven District Council's Whistleblowing Policy. 

Staff can also raise issues relating to the exploitation of children and young people can also be reported to the NSPCC on help@nspcc.org.uk