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Modern Slavery Statement 2022-2023

In accordance with Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the Chief Constable recognise their responsibility as employers to be aware of the potential for instances of modern slavery and to report such instances or concerns to the relevant bodies. This statement is underpinned by a local action plan.

This statement sets out the work undertaken during the financial year ended 31st March 2022 to identify, prevent and address modern slavery across the force and its supply chains.

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, sexual exploitation, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the Chief Constable are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in the force supply chains or connected in any way to any activities with which South Wales Police is associated. The Force’s policies, procedures and our work to tackle modern slavery through a working group, demonstrates our commitment to act ethically, with integrity and to identify risks that we can work to mitigate.

In 2017, the Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables from the four Welsh police forces signed up to the Welsh Government Ethical Employment in Supply Chains Code of Practice. South Wales Police is fully committed to combating unethical or illegal employment practices in supply chains. This commitment is underpinned by an action plan to deliver the commitments within the Code.

Our approach to identifying and tackling the issues is broken down into four key areas:

Enforcement – South Wales Police will play an active role in enforcement and will use our roles in employment and purchasing goods and services to improve intelligence gathering whilst ensuring full compliance with the Code of Practice as well as acting promptly on information received.

Ethical procurement – promoting the development of ethical supply chains in the delivery of contracts for the police service in Wales generally and specifically in South Wales

Employment –   following best practice and demonstrating full commitment to constant improvement within the systems and structures of South Wales Police, as well as working with the other forces in Wales and with partners to identify and eradicate any form of exploitation.

Environment – we will create an environment where the public in Wales have confidence and understanding of how to report any signs of exploitation in all its forms and work with partners, including local government, the NHS and voluntary and community groups to heighten awareness of – and reporting of – signs of exploitation. We will ensure that all our staff – particularly PCSOs and staff in our Public Service Centre – are fully aware of what to look out for and what to do when concerns are reported.

We recognise that modern slavery extends far beyond our national borders and that risks are increased with complex supply chains. Whilst tackling modern slavery is a policing priority for each force, it is recognised that modern slavery can extend throughout any supply chains and that we have a responsibility to address this.

An initial review of our supply chains has highlighted the potential risk of modern slavery in a variety of categories including the following:

  • information communication and technology
  • construction
  • cleaning and waste disposal services
  • uniform manufacture

We appreciate that modern slavery can and does occur in many other supply chain categories and we are mapping our supply chains using a risk tool to identify the areas we should prioritise as part of our practical response to modern slavery risks.

Fully investigating supply chains is a complicated task but we have now issued supplier assessment questionnaires to 60 suppliers and reviewed 50 contracts identified as higher risk due to their industry type, nature of the workforce, supplier location, commodity type or the level of our expenditure. 

We are committed to sharing information to make the best use of our resources. By working with other forces and partner organisations in Wales and locally we can better investigate supply chains based on the greatest risk of human exploitation.

We will continue to work to raise awareness of modern slavery issues across our supply chain.  Our action plan includes a target to assess the top 100 suppliers across South Wales Police and Gwent Police by 2025 and we are on track to achieve this.

Policies

 

The Force’s Modern Slavery policy, set by the Chief Officer team and approved by the Police & Crime Commissioner, is in place to reduce the risk of serious harm to victims and improve their safety, health and wellbeing.

The policy outlines how modern slavery offences will be dealt with, and offenders held to justice. Working with the Crown Prosecution Service or other bodies, we will endeavour to successfully prosecute offenders, with the aim of enhancing the trust and confidence of victims.

Robust training is being provided to front line officers and Inspectors are responsible for co-ordinating response to reports and attendance at incidents, reducing immediate risks and preserving available evidence.

The Joint Collaborative Commercial and Procurement Strategy, 2020-2025 incorporates a responsible procurement policy. The policy includes our commitment and activity to implement the Welsh Government Ethical Employment in Supply Chains Code of Practice, and ethical purchasing principles.

Other relevant policies include the College of Policing Code of Ethics and our Whistleblowing policy. Work is ongoing to finalise an All Wales Whistleblowing policy to support the Welsh Government Code of Practice and to empower staff to raise suspicions of any unlawful and unethical employment practice.

Due Diligence and Risk Assessment

Important progress was made during the previous period to address unethical and illegal employment practices in our supply chains.  Factors used in the risk assessment of supply chains included the industry type, high risk characteristics associated with the nature of the workforce such as a reliance on a low-skilled or low-paid workforce, seasonal workers, dangerous work, the location of manufacturing and the presence of complex or tiered supply chains. The work progressed during the period 2021-22 is summarised below:

Policy

  • ethical procurement is reflected in the Force Delivery Plan, deliberately recognising ethical procurement as a tool in the creation of a more hostile environment for modern slavery.
  • a new recruitment policy is being developed to include reference to the Welsh Government Code of Practice and a specific reference to ethical employment.
  • our Business Interest Policy has been amended to reflect the Welsh Government Code of Practice. Officer and staff must be aware of the Code when submitting a business interest approval request.
  • The Welsh Government Code of Practice is now a standard agenda item on the agenda of our trade unions.

 

Procurement procedures

  • where appropriate, agreed to seek assurances from suppliers and potential suppliers through our tendering processes, that they have no knowledge of any of the forms of modern slavery within their organisations or supply chains. We expect our suppliers to take responsibility to seek similar assurances from their own supply chains.
  • inclusion of a fair work practices question where appropriate and proportionate
  • the addition into contract terms and conditions the right to investigate and establish accountability and a commitment that the winning bidder will complete an assessment questionnaire to establish a baseline where required.
  • sharing of best practice with the Welsh forces and issuing ethical supply chain questionnaires on behalf of number of suppliers to Dyfed-Powys Police as part of our collaboration.

 

Payment Performance Statistics

  • Invoice payment performance statistics are published annually on the Police and Crime Commissioner’s website in line with the statutory requirement.

 

Assessing existing suppliers and supply chains

  • further development of Supplier Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) tool
  • regular spend analysis to identify higher risk suppliers and apply the risk assessment tool
  • mapping of our supply chains - 60 of our higher risk suppliers contacted with 50 suppliers completing an SAQ to date and attributed an ethical supply chains rating. This rating is used as the baseline to monitor improvements by the supplier as part of regular contract management activity.
  • work with Police Digital Service to understand the support they can offer with investigating supply chains of national police suppliers. This will bring a benefit to all police forces in England and Wales.
  • Dialogue with Bluelight Commercial and the Metropolitan Police to consider how work relating to investigating ethical supply chains with common suppliers can be shared

 

Training and raising awareness

  • completion of annual CIPS refresher training by strategic procurement staff
  • South Wales Police and Gwent Police were the pilot forces for contract management training provided by Bluelight Commercial. The training was well received and available to other police forces. The plan is that more SWP officers and staff will attend future sessions as part of business as usual.
  • ‘Developing Procurement Skills’ training delivered internally to budget holders and managers, including the importance of procuring ethically and responsibly
  • Welsh Government short video and more in-depth National Health Service eLearning about the Code of Practice available for all staff to access.
  • Ethical dilemma scenarios to be shared across the Welsh forces to improve awareness of ethical matters across the forces.
  • The reporting profile has been raised to a strategic level as the Task & Finish Groups report progress to the Welsh Forces’ Finance Joint Assurance Group and the All Wales Collaboration Board.
  • Recruitment, promotion, interview and other related internal processes consider unconscious bias and encourage Equality, Diversity and Inclusion good practice.
  • Communications plan developed to ensure staff are aware of and trained in the internal referral routes for highlighting modern slavery concerns where they emerge.

 

Living Wage

South Wales Police was granted accreditation as a Living Wage Employer in March 2022.

The Living Wage is a voluntary hourly rate set by the Living Wage Foundation based on the cost of living in the UK. The Living Wage Foundation encourages organisations to become accredited Living Wage employers.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the Chief Constable apply this rate to all officers and staff. Suppliers are encouraged to adopt the Living Wage and are able to evidence this in response to the fair working practice question in relevant tenders.

Delivery Plan

To further progress the delivery of our commitments to tackle modern slavery, representatives from a wide range of areas across the force have our agreed objectives for 2022-2023 which are captured in the action plan underpinning this statement.

Progress against the action plan is monitored through a working Task & Finish Group, chaired by the Chief Officer with responsibility for the Finance & Business Services Portfolio and the Anti-Slavery and Ethical Champion for South Wales Police.

The public and staff equally have a responsibility to be aware of potential instances of modern slavery or of a business using forced labour.  If you have any such concerns, please contact any of the following bodies:-

South Wales Police: Telephone 101 (or 999 in an Emergency)

Modern Slavery Helpline: Telephone 0800 0121700

Crimestoppers: Telephone 0800 555 111

Confidential Concerns Line (South Wales Police internal only)

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This Statement has been approved by The Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and the Chief Constable. It will be reviewed and updated annually.

Reporting

Regular update reports will be produced for the Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Constable on progress made against the action plan.

 

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