Modern slavery statement

This statement is made pursuant to section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015, for the financial year ending 31 August 2020.

Introduction
Redhill Academy Trust (the Trust) is a growing Multi-Academy Trust. At August 2020, it comprised fifteen academy schools located in Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City and Derbyshire, around 1,500 employees and an annual turnover in excess of £50m. It procures services and goods from third party providers predominantly based within the UK.

In line with our core values, the Trust is committed to ensuring there is no modern slavery or human trafficking within any part of its business or supply chain.

Modern-slavery policy
The Trust’s Modern Slavery Policy was produced in consultation with key stakeholders and recognised Trade Unions, and approved by the Trust Board in May 2018. It is published under the policy section of our website.

Raising awareness
All colleagues were briefed when the policy was launched, and academies have been requested to include this in the induction process for all new staff.

Throughout the year, various communications / activities have taken place to raise awareness with both colleagues and pupils / students; for example, the Academies have provided lessons on practical human trafficking issues to students.

Each Academy undertakes annual child protection training with all staff, including information on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

Each Academies Child Protection Policy explicitly raises details and raises awareness on Modern Slavery and human trafficking.

Due diligence in relation to slavery & human trafficking in its business

The Trust employs people solely within England. Our recruitment processes are set out in our Safer Recruitment Policy and ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK. A copy of the policy is on our website here.

Each academy has an annual safeguarding audit, conducted by an internal safeguarding consultant and twice yearly external audits.

Due diligence in relation to slavery in its supply chain
The Trust’s Financial Regulations include reference to the Modern Slavery Act in relation to procurement.

The Trust seeks excellence in every area of the organisation and strives to ensure the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and ethical business practice. We are committed to conducting our business in a lawful manner and this includes engaging with our suppliers to ensure that they share our high standards. We buy a wide range of external goods and services, including construction services and supplies, furniture and stationery, electronics (computers, audio visual etc), food and catering supplies, travel services, laboratory supplies (equipment, chemicals etc), books, cleaning services, printing and waste and recycling services and do so in accordance with public procurement law. A large proportion is bought through frameworks established by collaborative consortia. We expect our suppliers to fulfil their obligations to comply with the provisions of the Modern Slavery Act. Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking are included within our new supplier risk assessment and due diligence procedures.

Safeguarding

We take safeguarding incredibly seriously in upholding our statutory duties and striving to safeguard staff and pupils through a culture of safeguarding in everything we do. We have a Trust Safeguarding Lead reporting to the Executive Board and a Safeguarding Officer ensuring compliance across the Trust, as well as Designated Safeguarding Leaders in every academy. Collectively these colleagues work together to implement policy and secure excellence in safeguarding practice across the Trust. These colleagues are incredibly experienced in this area and model excellent practice for all staff. Through their encouragement, each academy proactively works with the local authorities, the LADO and local stakeholders to combat safeguarding issues, including child sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Their good practice is shared amongst the Academies, through regular network meetings and the focus of safeguarding training always includes detailed training about early identification of those at risk of exploitation.

Safeguarding is a regular agenda item at full Board of Trustees Meeting and we have a named Trustee with portfolio responsibility for Safeguarding. 

Our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy is reviewed annually by the Executive Leadership Team and the Board of Trustees. It is fully compliant with all statutory requirements and guidance set out in Keeping Children Safe in Education (DfE 2020). Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic we have issued Addendums to this policy in accordance with updated guidance and requirements issued by Government.

Policies, Procedures and Training

The Trust reviews policies and procedures on an ongoing basis to ensure they remain compliant and fit for purpose. The Trust has a suite of policies that effectively mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking taking place within its business or supply chains and provide support to staff. 

These policies are:

  - Safer Recruitment Policy

  - Risk Management Strategy

  - Whistleblowing Policy

  - Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

  - Staff Conduct Policy

Focus in our academies on slavery

All our academies work towards raising awareness of slavery & human trafficking through:

  • Induction Processes
  • Educating colleagues, pupils & students, and parents / carers
  • Child protection / family support work, where human trafficking has been highlighted as a high risk in some academies.
This statement covers all Academies within the Redhill Academy Trust including:
  • The Redhill Academy
  • The Carlton Academy
  • Hall Park Academy
  • The Oakwood Academy
  • Park Vale Academy
  • South Nottinghamshire Academy
  • Colonel Frank Seely Academy
  • The Carlton Junior Academy
  • The Carlton Infant Academy
  • The Bolsover School
  • Robert Mellors Primary Academy
  • Brookfield Community School
  • Tupton Hall School
  • Tupton Primary & Nursery Academy
  • North Wingfield Primary Academy

Declaration

This statement has been approved by Redhill Academy Trust Board of Directors and is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

   Mr Jonathan French
   Director of Operations