Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement
Financial Year ended 30 September 2016
The Healthcare Homes Group (HHG) was established as a privately focussed residential care provider in the summer of 2005. It has become a trusted provider, working with private individuals, local authorities and NHS partners to deliver nursing and residential (social) care, including end of life care and nursing care for higher dependency residents, and growing its portfolio (which now numbers 35 homes with more than 1800 beds) steadily over the last decade both by acquisition and organic growth. In 2008 HHG entered the homecare market through the acquisition of Manorcourt Care, under which name it continues to trade and to deliver some 24,000 hours of homecare each week.
HHG is committed to providing efficient, effective and high quality services to all service users whilst also ensuring that these services represent value for money. It is rated within the top 20 providers for Care Quality Commission compliance and as a Top 20 care provider by carehome.co.uk.
This statement is made pursuant to Section 54, Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps HHG has taken to ensure that slavery and human trafficking is not taking place in its supply chains or in any part of its business.
HHG has a zero tolerance towards modern slavery and human trafficking. Any identified concern regarding to modern slavery and human trafficking will be escalated as part of HHG’s safeguarding process, working in conjunction with the Care Quality Commission, local authority agencies and the NHS.
HHG has instigated a series of polices and processes to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking, which include:
- Pre-employment checks as defined within both regulated services such as Care Quality Commission and best practice. (This includes checking an employee’s UK address, right to work in the UK, references and any gaps in employment history.)
- Policies and systems to encourage the reporting of any concern and the protection of whistle blowers.
- A dedicated Safeguarding Lead.
- A Safeguarding Adult Policy, which identifies and defines Modern Slavery and how HHG will react and deal with any identified safeguarding concern.
- Mandatory Safeguarding training (Level 1) provided to all HHG employees regardless of their role within the company.
Actions for 2016/17
As part of its continued commitment to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking, HHG will be undertaking the following actions over the coming year:
- Reviewing existing supplier and contractor arrangements and procurement to include an evaluation of all existing suppliers and contractors for their compliance with the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Act.
- Requesting all suppliers and contractors to make a statement to HHG to confirm that they comply fully with the requirement of the Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking legislation irrespective of whether they are required to publish a statement.
- Raising the profile of modern slavery and human trafficking and the preventative measures available to HHG and its staff.