Anti-slavery and anti-trafficking statement and policy

Introduction

We understand that modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain.
Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD has a zero tolerance approach to any kind of modern slavery within our organization of supply chains. We all have a responsibility to be alert to the risks within our business and supply chains and will ensure that effective controls are in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within our business and supply chains.

All members of staff are expected to report concerns using the appropriate channels and senior management will act upon all concerns raised.

Our Business

Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD operates from one CQC registered branch, delivering community based, home care to various ‘Local Authorities’, ‘NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups’ as well as the private sector

Our core service offering, centres on the delivery of personal care and support to enable people to remain at home and maintain their independence.

Supply Chains

As a provider of community-based, home care services, the Company’s procurement needs are relatively simple, mostly including:

  • Uniforms and PPE for Care Workers
  • Providers of agency staff
  • IT and communication equipment suppliers
  • Legal, accountancy and consultancy
  • Cleaning contractors
  • Gardening contractors
  • Rental, furnishing, equipping/maintenance of office space
  • Utilities providers

Our policies on slavery and human trafficking

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in any part of our business.

In light of the obligation to report on measures to ensure that all parts of our business and supply chain are slavery free, we have reviewed our workplace policies and procedures to assess their effectiveness in identifying and tackling modern slavery issues

Our workplace policies and procedures demonstrate our commitment to acting ethically and 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.

Due diligence processes for slavery and human trafficking

As part of our initiative to identify and mitigate risk we have in place systems to:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Mitigate the risk of slavery and human trafficking occurring in our supply chains.
  • Monitor potential risk areas in our supply chains.
  • Protect whistle blowers.

Supplier adherence to our values

We have zero tolerance to slavery and human trafficking. To ensure all those in our supply chain and contractors comply with our values we have in place a supply chain compliance programme.

Our supplies are required to confirm compliance with relevant legislation including the Modern Slavery Act.

Training and Awareness

Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD specifically covers the definition and indicators of modern slavery and human trafficking within its Safeguarding training. This is further supported by internal communications raising awareness of the expectation on staff to report concerns.

Policies and Procedures

We operate a number of internal policies and procedures that ensure we are conducting our business in an ethical, fair and transparent manner. These include:

  1. Anti-Slavery Policy: sets out the Company’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
  2. Recruitment Policy: including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  3. Whistle-Blowing Policy: ensures that all employees know that they can raise concerns about how colleagues are being treated, or practices within our business or supply chain, without fear of reprisals.
  4. Employee Code of Conduct: explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
  5. Human Rights Policy: outlines that Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD, has a zero tolerance to abuse of human rights within any part of the business or supply chains. We will take all allegations seriously that human rights are not properly respected.

Steps Taken and Further Action

Following a review of the effectiveness of the steps we have taken over the past 12 months to ensure that here is no slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD intend to follow on from this process over the next 12 months.

During the last 12 months, Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD has:

  • Revised our ‘Safeguarding Policy’ to include reference to modern slavery; its definition and indicators.
  • Incorporated reference and explanation of modern slavery into it’s safeguarding training for all care workers; providing staff with an awareness of how and when to report concerns.

During the coming year, we intend to take the following further steps to combat slavery and human trafficking:

  • Revise our supplier policy to make reference to modern slavery.
  • Require all existing suppliers to complete an ethical supply chains checklist.
  • Conduct risk assessment on all suppliers to assess the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking

Approval

This statement is approved and signed by the Managing Director, Fafe Mudzingwa, on behalf of Chenash Homecare Specialists LTD Homecare.

Date: 06.04.2017

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