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Anti-slavery 

It is unlikely that Avidity Linx Ltd will experience cases of slavery or human trafficking, but this policy details the commitment of Avidity Linx Ltd to raise awareness and defines a process to address issues if they do arise, and to acknowledge that human trafficking and modern slavery are a safeguarding matter.

Slavery and human trafficking is classed as abuse, and indicators could be:

Signs of physical or emotional abuse

  • Appearing to be malnourished, unkempt or withdrawn

  • Isolation from the community, seeming under the control or influence of others

  • Living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, or living and working at the same address

  • Lack of personal effects or identification documents

  • Always wearing the same clothes

  • Avoidance of eye contact, appearing frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers

  • Fear of law enforcers

 

All staff will be made aware of the issues surrounding slavery and human trafficking, whilst

being encouraged and supported to report any concerns to Avidity Linx Ltd management. Avidity Linx Ltd will also support any staff that may be subject to slavery or human trafficking.

Avidity Linx Ltd will ensure that only staff whose credentials can be confirmed are employed.

In situations of slavery or human trafficking being identified, Avidity Linx Ltd will share this information with the Lambeth Safeguarding Team to safeguard the individual from harm and with the objective of preventing future situations arising, to promote the elimination of routes and sources of slavery or human trafficking.

Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 states that every organisation providing goods and services in the UK with a total global annual turnover of £36 million (m) or more will be required to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement for each financial year. Organisations with an annual turnover below £36m can choose to voluntarily produce a statement.

This figure of £36m is the total turnover of the organisation or its group, not the individual location. As such, the publication of an annual statement (if applicable) will primarily be the responsibility of the senior management of Avidity Linx Ltd, but individual services will contribute to the content of the statement and have an awareness of the issues of slavery and human trafficking.

Guidance suggests that statements must be published within six months of the financial year-end. Therefore, those with a financial year-end of 31st March will be required to publish a statement by 30th September.

Last Updated 13/03/2020

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