MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT
This statement is published pursuant to Section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. It outlines the position of and steps taken by Westminster Homecare Ltd to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking taking place within our business and supply chains.
We understand that modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced labour, human trafficking, and is a growing global issue. Westminster Homecare 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.
Westminster Homecare operates from 21 CQC registered branches, delivering circa. community based home care to 40+ Local Authorities and 16 NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Our core service offering centres on the delivery of personal care and support to enable people to remain at home and maintain their independence.
As a provider of community-based 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
- Rental, furnishing, equipping/maintenance of office space
- Utilities providers
Our supplies are required to confirm compliance with relevant legislation including the Modern Slavery Act.
Training and Awareness
Westminster Homecare 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Employee Code of Conduct: explains the manner in which we behave as an organisation and how we expect our employees and suppliers to act.
- Human Rights Policy: outlines that Westminster Homecare 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
During the last 12 months, Westminster Homecare 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, the Company will take the opportunity to:
- Revise it’s 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
This statement is approved and signed by the Managing Director, Sushil Radia, on behalf of Westminster Homecare.