Suffolk County Council recognises it has a responsibility to take a robust approach to slavery and human trafficking and in December 2018, passed a motion to the effect that it would do all it can to help stamp out modern slavery (Suffolk County Council 6 December 2018 Agenda Pack Item 7) Although not currently under a specific duty to do so, the motion committed the Council to producing an annual Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement.
The purpose of this Statement is to report on the Council’s actions to identify, assess risk and take mitigating steps to prevent the occurrence of modern slavery, human trafficking and other human rights abuses in its supply chains and procurement activity, and key corporate policies. It is updated and published annually. The current Statement gives an overview of actions taken in 2019 to 2020 and highlights priority actions for 2020 to 2021.
The Council is involved in a wide range of activity and collaborative work to tackle modern slavery, for example, through the Suffolk Community Safety Partnerships and the Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership, which supports partner agencies in carrying out extensive anti-slavery and human trafficking work across Suffolk’s communities. However, it is not the purpose of the Statement to report on or detail these front line activities.
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