Modern Slavery: Is Your Workforce Safe?
Posted on 15th April 2023 at 14:17
Over 4,586 potential victims of modern slavery were referred to the Home Office in quarter 3 2022, representing a 10% increase compared to the preceding quarter (4,169) and a 38% increase from quarter 3 2021 (3,317) (gov.uk)
Signs of modern slavery can include:
People who appear to be controlled by their employer, including not being allowed to take breaks or speak to other people
People who are not allowed to leave their workplace or have limited freedom of movement
People who are not paid for their work or are paid very little
People who are living in cramped, overcrowded, or unsanitary accommodation
People who do not have access to medical care or are not in control of their own identification documents
People who are being forced to work long hours for little or no pay
People who are afraid to talk to outsiders or who appear to be under the control of someone else
People who are not able to leave their job or change employers
People who are living in isolation and are not allowed to socialize with others
CleanPaq Recruitment Agency have a comprehensive induction process for our candidates which includes an overview of the legal and ethical framework that is required to work and employ people in the UK. We work with the latest technologies to review ‘right to work’ identification which is reviewed regularly to ensure our processes are up to date and relevant. Our code of conduct sets out our expectations of candidates and supports them in understanding the legal and ethical framework. This also covers health and safety, data protection, and environmental issues. We also ensure that all candidates are provided with training and support in their roles, so they understand the importance of compliance and their legal obligations. We have systems in place to monitor and audit compliance to ensure our standards are maintained. From the very beginning of our recruitment process, through to a worker being placed on assignment - we have their welfare central to our process. Face to face interviews, on-site audits, worker surveys, background checks – these are just some of the tools we use to keep our workers safe and happy.
The people we recruit are supplied to the standards required by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). We have a dedicated central compliance team, checking worker eligibility and who monitor each aspect of the regulations. Our team work closely with the GLAA, The Association of Labour Providers, and we're a supporter of the Stronger Together initiative. Overall, we take compliance seriously and are committed to ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and industry standards.
If you spot any of the signs of Modern Slavery or any other form of labour exploitation, you should phone the Modern Day Slavery Helpline on: 08000 121 700 (24hrs a day) for more information on how to report it. However, if someone is in immediate danger then call the police on 999. For more information on modern day slavery you can also visit the leeds.gov.uk website on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-victims-of-human-trafficking
CleanPaq Recruitment Agency take a zero-tolerance approach to Modern Slavery and are committed to ensuring that no worker under our care is subjected to exploitation. We are also here to answer any questions you may have about health and safety legislation and can provide you with all the necessary information and resources you may need to ensure your workplace is as safe as possible.
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