Modern Slavery Act - Annual Statement

Modern Slavery Statement

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

This statement is made in pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust has taken and continues to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Definition of Offences

Slavery, Servitude and Forced or Compulsory Labour.

A person commits an offence if:

  • The person holds another person in slavery or servitude and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is held in slavery or servitude, or;
  • The person requires another person to perform forced or compulsory labour and the circumstances are such that the person knows or ought to know that the other person is being required to perform forced or compulsory labour.

Human Trafficking.

A person commits an offence if:

  • The person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person (victim) with a view to being exploited.
  • It is irrelevant whether the victim consents to travel and whether or not the victim is an adult or a child.


A person is exploited if one or more of the following issues are identified in relation to the victim;

  • Slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour.
  • Sexual exploitation
  • Removal of organs
  • Securing services by force, threats and deception
  • Securing services from children, young people and vulnerable persons.


Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC)

SHSC provides a range of specialist health and social care services to the people of Sheffield.

We provide:

  • Mental health services for adults and older people
  • Services for people with drug and alcohol problems
  • Primary Care GP Practices
  • Long Term Neurological Conditions

Our aim is to improve the health, wellbeing, mental health and social inclusion of the people of Sheffield.  We are focussed on breaking down the traditional barriers between health and social care systems and working towards improving the quality of services provided to people with mental health needs living in the city.

SHSC statement of response:

In accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015, SHSC makes the following statement regarding the steps it has taken in the financial year 2016/17 to ensure that Modern Slavery i.e. slavery and human trafficking, is not taking place in any part of its supply chains.

SHSC 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).
  • SHSC has systems to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.
  • SHSC has a Freedom To Speak Up Guardian that all staff can access to raise concerns
  • A review is undertaken of all safeguarding referrals via SHSC incident reporting system and presentation of data is shared at SHSC Safeguarding Governance and Patient Safety Committee
  • Each Directorate has a designated lead officer for Safeguarding Adults who is supported by the Trust Lead for Safeguarding.
  • SHSC ensures full implementation of the Safeguarding Adults Policy and the South Yorkshire Safeguarding Adults Procedures through a multi directorate Safeguarding Adult Steering Group led by the Deputy Chief Nurse.
  • SHSC participates in the multi-agency Sheffield Adult Safeguarding Board and its associated sub boards to support the South Yorkshire Safeguarding Adult Procedures.
  • Links to the referral process for adults at risk is made available in the Safeguarding Adults Policy.

During 2017/18

SHSC aims to be as effective as possible in ensuring that Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking is not taking place in any part of its business or supply chains, and in addition to the above actions, will measure its performance against the following indicators:

  • The Trust will strive 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 these 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 will be taken to assess and manage that risk.
  • To 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.
  • To work in partnership with Multi-Agency partners leading on this agenda in South Yorkshire and ensure that SHSC is represented on these Committees.
  • To ensure that Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking training is available to staff and in 2018/19 to incorporate it into the safeguarding training. In addition to that all new staff will complete safeguarding training which includes Modern day Slavery. We will ensure that additional training is available via the Safeguarding team and appropriate training is designed for our procurement team.