This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and
constitutes the Trust’s slavery and human trafficking statement for the financial year ending
31 March 2019.
The statement sets out the steps that East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has taken,
and is continuing to take, to make sure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking
place within our business or supply chain during the year ending 31 March 2019.
Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. ELFT
has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting
ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings, and to putting effective
systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place
within the business or our supply chain.
About the Organisation
ELFT provides mental health and community services in London, and Bedfordshire including
Luton. The Trust is recognised as a centre of excellence for innovation and improvement.
Our extensive work in research and education has led to a number of pioneering health
solutions, giving us a strong academic reputation. We have a workforce of 5,500 staff and
provide services from over 100 sites.
In September 2016, the Trust was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission
and in November 2016, we received the Health Service Journal's Provider Trust of the Year
Award. The Trust was once again rated at 'Outstanding by the CQC in June 2018.
Further information about ELFT can be found on our website: www.elft.nhs.uk
Our vision and values
Our organisational vision is: working to improve lives.
The vision is backed up by the values we operate under:
We are fully aware of the responsibilities we bear towards our service users, staff and local
We are guided by a strict set of ethical values in all of our business dealings and expect our
suppliers to adhere to these same principles. We are committed to ensuring there is no
modern slavery in any part of our business and in so far as possible to require our suppliers
to hold similar ethos.
We adhere to employment checks and standards which includes right to work and suitable
Modern slavery guidance is embedded into the Trust Safeguarding policies. Staff are
expected to report concerns about slavery and human trafficking, and management are
expected to act upon them in accordance with our policies and procedures. Guidance on
modern day slavery – what it means, what are the types and who is affected, what to do if
you suspect someone of being subjected to slavery, and further advice, support and
resources – can be found on the Trust’s Intranet site.
To identify and mitigate the risks of modern day slavery and human trafficking in our
business and in our supply chain, we:
Operate a robust Recruit policy, including appropriate pre-employment checks on
directly employed staff, and agencies on approved frameworks are audited to provide
assurance that pre-employment clearance has been obtained for agency staff, to
safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will
Implement a range of controls to protect staff from poor treatment and/or exploitation
which comply with all respective law as and regulations; these include provision of fair
pay rates, fair terms of conditions of employment and access to training and
Consult and negotiate with Trade Unions on proposed changes to employment, work
organisation and contractual relations
Operate a whistleblowing policy so that all staff know that they can raise concerns
about how colleagues or people receiving our services are being treated, or about
practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals; this includes the
Freedom to Speak Up service
Have a Standards of Business Conduct policy which explains the manner in which we
behave as an organisation and about how we expect our staff and suppliers to act.
Our approach to procurement and our supply chain includes:
Ensuring that our suppliers are carefully selected through our robust supplier selection
Ensuring a human rights issue clause are included in specification and tender
documents wherever possible
Evaluate specifications and tenders with appropriate weight given to modern day
Encourage suppliers and contractors to take their own action and understand their
obligations in their processes
Uphold professional codes of conduct and practice relating to procurement and supply Trust staff must contact and work with the Procurement department when looking to work with new suppliers so appropriate checks can be undertaken.
Advice and training on modern slavery and human trafficking is available to staff through our
Safeguarding policies, procedures and training, and our Safeguarding leads.
Marie Gabriel CBE
1 November 2018