Modern Slavery Statement
Modern slavery statement for the year ended 31 March 2018
Introduction to Victim Support
Victim Support is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Our specialist teams provide individual, independent, emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime. Our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.
This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It constitutes Victim Support's slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ended March 2018. It covers the activities of Victim Support and its wholly-owned subsidiaries: Victim Support Limited, VS Trading (Cornwall) Limited and Victim Support Cymru.
Our supply chain
The charity uses a wide range of suppliers who supply goods and services that support the operations of the charity. The charity recognises the importance of its role in implementing the guidance of the Modern Slavery Act and the consequences of its implications.
Policies and procedures are in place aiming to minimise the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain. Specifically, a Procurement policy that sets out requirements for buying goods and services and due diligence required on suppliers; and a Whistleblowing policy and procedure that encourages staff to report any concerns.
The Procurement policy includes a specific section on ensuring the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain is minimised. The procurement policy is used to draw the attention of the charity’s employees and volunteers to the risks relating to modern slavery and child and forced labour, ensuring that they have access to the necessary information.
Detailed due diligence is carried out on significant suppliers where there may be a modern slavery risk. This includes a requirement for up-to-date independent evidence (for example up-to-date audited accounts) of the level of turnover/income of applicable suppliers and where their level of turnover/income is above £36M review of their latest Modern slavery statement.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Trustees of Victim Support.
Andrew Tivey, Chair of Board of Trustees