Safeguarding is everyone's business
The Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs); Birmingham Cross City CCG, Birmingham South Central CCG and Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG are all committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults with care and support needs. Each CCG has statutory duties for safeguarding under the Children Act 2004 and the Care Act 2014. As commissioning organisations the CCGs must ensure that all health care services contracted by them have robust processes in place to prevent, identify and act upon abuse of any patient. It is important to all of the CCGs that everyone whether they work for the NHS or not, are aware of what to do if they are worried that someone is being abused. We all have a part to play in keeping people safe.
The hosted safeguarding team is made up of a mixture of clinical and non-clinical staff that specialise in adult and child safeguarding and domestic abuse. We give support to GP practice staff and work in partnership with many other agencies across the city to shape the safeguarding agenda.
You can follow us on Twitter to see some of the work we are involved and read more about safeguarding: @bscsafeguarding – Please do not try to report safeguarding concerns using Twitter- if you have a concern please see instructions in the sections below.
Modern Slavery Act (2015) Statement 2016/17
As a commissioner of health care services for the population of Birmingham, and as an employer, Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) provides the following statement in respect of its commitment to, and efforts in, preventing slavery and human trafficking practices in the supply chain and employment practices. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes our slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending 31 March 2017.
Definition of Offences
- Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.
A person commits an offence if: (i) 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 (ii) 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: (i) The person arranges or facilitates the travel of another person (victim) with a view to being exploited. (ii) 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: (i) Slavery, servitude, forced or compulsory labour. (ii) Sexual exploitation (iii) Removal of organs (iv) Securing services by force, threats and deception (v) Securing services from children, young people and vulnerable persons.
As an authorized statutory NHS body, the CCG is a lead commissioner for health care services (including acute, community, mental health and primary care) in the Birmingham area. We have 77 employees and a budget in 2016/17 in excess of £404 million
Our commitment to prevent slavery and human trafficking
The Governing Body, Senior Management Team and all employees are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in any part of our business activity and in so far as is possible to holding our suppliers to account to do likewise.
Our overall approach will be governed by compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements and the maintenance and development of best practice in the fields of contracting and employment.
Our plans and arrangements
We adhere to safe recruitment principles. This includes strict requirements in respect of identity checks, work permits and criminal records.
Our pay structure is derived from national collective agreements and is based on equal pay principles with rates of pay that are nationally determined. Our Remuneration Committee holds the organisation to account in adhering to these standards.
Contracting with providers is a core function of the CCG. All of our contracting staff are suitably qualified and experienced in managing healthcare contracts and receive appropriate briefing on the requirements of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 (the Act). During 2017/18 we will write to all providers requesting evidence of their plans and arrangements to prevent slavery in their activities and supply chain.