Modern Slavery Statement
Modern slavery statement for the year ended 31 March 2017
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 2017. 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 has been reviewed in the past year to include a specific section on ensuring the risk of modern slavery in our supply chain is minimised. The procurement policy will be 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.
Victim Support's effectiveness in tackling modern slavery is monitored through the following modern slavery performance indicator:
- % of significant suppliers of goods and services to Victim Support that comply with the requirement for a modern slavery statement.
As at 31 March 2017 this performance indicator was at 81%. The performance indicator considers suppliers that deliver goods and services to the charity in a year of over £20K in value. The charity is continuing work to minimise the risk of modern slavery and is looking to drive this performance indicator up to 100%.
This statement has been approved by the Board of Trustees of Victim Support.
Chair of Board of Trustees