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The Modern Slavery Act 2015 consolidates previous legislation relating to slavery and trafficking under two main offences: servitude or forced labour, and arranging or facilitating the travel of an individual with a view to that person being exploited.
The Act has been brought in to combat sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude and in particular human trafficking. Although these are not normally issues one would consider relevant in a school context, the Act introduces a requirement, which came into force on 29 October 2015, for some education institutions to prepare an annual slavery and human trafficking statement.
The Act introduces the concept of 'transparency in supply chains'. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015, require all incorporated organisations which carry on a business, or any part of a business, in the UK with a total annual turnover of at least £36 million to produce an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. Schools satisfy the definition of 'commercial organisations' set out in the Act, so those with a turnover of £36 million or more are caught by this provision.
Organisations which do not meet the requirements in the Act, for example by having a turnover below £36m, can still choose to voluntarily produce a 'slavery and human trafficking statement'.
Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Bishop Perowne CE College has a turnover below £36m under the Slavery and Human Trafficking reporting definition and is therefore not required to comply with the statutory regulations to publish information and to take action to prevent modern slavery in our supply chains.