Modern Slavery Statement

Introduction

The UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the ‘Act’) requires businesses to state the actions they have taken during the financial year to ensure modern slavery is not taking place in their operations and supply chains. The Iceni Partnership Group is committed to developing its’ social and environmental responsibilities and are fully committed to playing our part in eradicating modern slavery. We advocate for transparency and collaboration to eliminate the risks of modern slavery and ensure that we take appropriate action where necessary. 

Responsibility and Policies

Responsibility for the organisation's Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, which includes anti-slavery, sits with Iceni Partnership’s Board of Directors and corporate risks are regularly reviewed by the Risk Management Group.  

Our approach to addressing modern slavery is supported by a number of organisational policies and we take any breach of our policies or allegations extremely seriously. In the last 12 months there have been no reported incidents in relation to modern slavery or human trafficking.

Modern Slavery Policy – sets out our commitment to preventing modern slavery or human trafficking in the delivery of our service and full support in the promotion of ethical and lawful business practices within the workplace.

Whistleblowing policy- 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.

Employee code of conduct - makes clear to employees the actions and behaviour expected of them when representing the organisation. The organisation strives to maintain the highest standards of employee conduct and ethical behaviour.

HR Vetting and Compliance Policy – specifies that we use only reputable employment agencies and always verify the practices of any new agency before accepting workers from that agency. All employees, contractors and agency workers have their right to work in the UK verified. As an organisation we ensure that we adhere to legislation in relation to minimum age requirements, wages and the Working Time Directive.

Safeguarding Policy-  outlines our commitment to providing a safe environment for our workforce and customers and the routes to escalate issues. We also have nominated safeguarding leads across the whole organisation to provide support and we operate a dedicated confidential

Safeguarding phone line for external learners to report any causes for concern.

Looking Ahead

Over the course of the next financial year we will continue to raise awareness and understanding the risk of modern day slavery within our business and enhance our procedures to help us identify, prevent and mitigate any risks of modern slavery or human trafficking in relation to new and existing suppliers.