What do we need to do?
The Council will seek to increase the number of Modern Slavery referrals through the National Referral Mechanism. This is also a priority for the Safer Rotherham Partnership (statutory multi-agency Community Safety Partnership for Rotherham under the Crime & Disorder Act 1998)
The Council will continue to offer training, both generic and specialist, and will continue to support this with regular efforts to raise awareness both online, through social media and within teams. The Council and its partners will also seek to raise awareness within communities, both how to spot the signs and where to report.
We will continue to support contract managers, procurement officers and commissioning staff to develop awareness and understanding in relation to modern slavery and human trafficking. We will also continue to ensure active scrutiny of tenders that appear to be abnormally low in price and in particular will focus on contracts within high-risk industries.
The Council will continue to monitor contractual spend through the Transparency in Supply Chains organisation (tiscreport.org) to work with suppliers who have not yet demonstrated compliance and encourage greater engagement with Modern Slavery issues and responses.
This statement should be read in conjunction with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the National Referral Mechanism.