Modern Slavery Statement

 

 

Modern Slavery Statement

This Statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that AS Care Ltd has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. AS Care Ltd has a zero-tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery across its business and in its dealings with those contracted with, supply chains and people we engage with. We will not tolerate or condone it within any part of our organisation or supply chain.

We are committed to acting in a non-discriminatory way, respectfully, ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our business

We provide domiciliary care services to individuals living in their own home and operate across Yorkshire where our services are commissioned through local authority and health partners, or privately with individuals.

Our Processes for Managing Risk

In order to assess the risk of modern slavery, we use the following processes:

  • Identify and assess potential risk areas when considering taking on new suppliers and regularly review our existing supply chains.
  • Review the potential for risk at regular intervals, including the possibility of re-auditing a supplier or conducting spot checks.
  • Protect whistleblowers.

After due consideration, we have not identified any significant/high risk areas of modern slavery, forced labour, or human trafficking, in our organisation or in our supply chain, save for recruitment (see below). However, we continue to be alert to the potential for problems.

Our high-risk areas

We have a governance structure that reviews and manages the key risks to our business. With regard to Modern Slavery, our key risks areas are identified as:

Recruitment

We are confident that our existing recruitment and onboarding processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the UK and safeguard employees from any abuse, coercion or deprivation of freedom.

Recruitment risk is mitigated by:

  • Safer recruitment standards consistent with sector requirements
  • Use of BHI “Better Hiring Toolkit”
  • Criminal Record Checks (Enhanced DBS)
  • Identify Checks
  • Right to Work Checks
  • Effective Referencing and work history checks
  • Supporting policies, procedures and training

We use enhanced checks when seeking to employ overseas workers and comply with UK Government requirements.

Our policies

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

  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy
  • Anti-slavery policy. This policy sets out the organisation’s stance on modern slavery and explains how employees can identify any instances of this and where they can go for help.
  • Recruitment policy. We operate a robust 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.
  • Whistleblowing policy. We operate a whistleblowing policy so 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.
  • HR Policies and Employee Handbook.
  • Code of business conduct. This code explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
  • Use of Contractors Policy.
  • Safeguarding Adults Policy.
  • Service Users Guide.

We will continue to embed the principles of this Statement and associated policies through:

  • providing awareness and accessibility to this Statement and informing our staff of the appropriate action to take if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking
  • publicising our Statement and policies on internal and external communication channels
  • include in compliance training and awareness initiatives as appropriate
  • ensuring those staff responsible for procurement activity are aware of this Statement and associated policies
  • ensure procurement strategies and contract terms and conditions include
    • references to modern slavery and human trafficking
  • continuing to take action to embed a zero-tolerance policy towards modern slavery
  • monthly reviews of arrangements by our Management Team and annual review of our Statement and associated policies
  • submission of an annual report within six months of the end of the financial year
  • undertake an annual review of this Statement by our Management Team
  • This Statement will be published on our website via a prominent link on the homepage.

Our Suppliers

We operate a supplier policy and maintain a preferred supplier list. We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.

Any risk associated with suppliers is mitigated by:

  • Approved provider process
  • Contractual terms
  • Trusted suppliers

In addition to the above, as part of our contract with suppliers, we require that they confirm to us that:

  • They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
  • They hold their own suppliers to account over modern slavery
  • They pay their employees at least the national minimum wage / national living wage (as appropriate)

We may suspend or terminate a supplier contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light; or in the event that non-compliance with our modern slavery policies by a supplier is discovered. Any infractions will be required to be remediated forthwith to our satisfaction, or contract termination results.

AS Care Limited as a Supplier to others

In so far as we operate as a supplier to others, namely local authority and health partner commissioners, we commit to meeting their Modern Slaving and Human Trafficking Policies and Strategies.

Training

We regularly conduct training for our procurement/buying teams so that they understand the signs of modern slavery and what to do if they suspect that it is taking place within our supply chain.

To maintain awareness and ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our business our Modern Slavery Policy is included in our Employee Handbook.

We provide training to all staff and this has been incorporated into our induction programme.

Our performance indicators

We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if no reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.

We also utilise our processes under Our Policies above as a check that we comply fully with  legislative, regulatory and best practice requirements.

Approval for this Statement

This Statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 8th March 2024 (who will review and update it annually).

Get In Touch

Contact Details

For all general enquiries call 0113 242 8822 / 01274 046300
or email info@ascare.co.uk

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Leeds Address

AS Care Ltd
Sugar Mills,
Suite 36,
Oakhurst Ave,
Dewsbury Rd,
LS11 7HL

Bradford Address

AS Care Ltd
Albion Mills
Office 9,
Albion Road,
Bradford
BD10 9TQ

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