Modern slavery

Modern slavery can take place in a wide range of employment sectors, including social care. In addition to the potential risk to employees, people using our services may also be victims of modern slavery or human trafficking. As a Health and Social Care Company Modern Slavery goes against our company values.

Our Organisation

We provide a range of services to support individual’s need including Live-in care, Home Care, Residential Care Homes, Supported Living and Training Solutions.

As a large organisation we recognise the responsibility that we have to the thousands of people that we employ and support and are committed to preventing any slavery or human trafficking, taking all necessary steps to mitigate any potential risk.

Our Modern Slavery Statement reflects our commitment to act with integrity in all our business relationships and to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our supply chains.

Our Policies

We have policies that ensure we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner.

  • We have a Modern Slavery Policy which is reviewed on an annual basis
  • A Whistleblowing Policy aimed principally at our employees, but also available toothers working in our supply chains, which encourages staff to report anywrongdoing, including human rights violations like Modern Slavery
  • A Complaints Policy. Whilst aimed at receiving complaints or concerns about ourcare provision or conduct, all complaints received will be fully investigated andappropriate remedial actions taken. We will work collaboratively with our socialcare and health partners to ensure our safeguarding policies and proceduresdovetail with local procedures and best practice
  • A robust Recruitment Policy, including conducting DBS and eligibility to work in theUK checks for all employees

We have incorporated training on modern slavery into the induction program for all new carers. The training aims to increase awareness on modern slavery and human trafficking, explaining how to identify if this type of abuse is happening and what to do if you think it may be taking place,

Our Supply Chain

The main way of mitigating the risks posed by modern day slavery is to fully understand how, and on what we spend money, and the country of origin for each area of our supply chain.

Our main areas of expenditure are:

  • Recruitment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • IT Support Services
  • Financial services

We expect our suppliers to adopt the same zero tolerance that we do to Modern Slavery. To ensure compliance all new central supply and service contracts we enter into have to address modern slavery and provide us with their policy.

We are proud of the steps we take, and realise that more can be done, and we commit to ensure this works continues over the next 12 months.

This document constitutes our Modern Slavery Statement for the financial year ending 31st July 2020 and has been created in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.