Modern Slavery Act 2015: Anti-Slavery & Human Trafficking Transparency Statement
This document constitutes Richmond Fellowship Group’s statement on slavery and human trafficking under section 54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 for the financial year ending 31 March 2016 and has been prepared in line with guidance issued by the Home Office under the Act on preparation of such statements. This statement has been approved by the Group Board of Richmond Fellowship and adopted by the Board of Aquarius
The turnover of The Richmond Fellowship Group exceeds the £36 million turnover threshold set by the Act and the Modern Slavery Act (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 for the relevant financial year. This statement has been formally adopted by all organisations within the Group.
Richmond Fellowship – a specialist provider of mental health services which has pioneered and practised its belief in social inclusion and recovery for more than 55 years. It’s now one of the biggest voluntary sector providers of mental health services in England, offering a wide range of housing, care, employment and community support.
Aquarius – a research-based charity set up in 1977 to develop new and effective interventions for people with alcohol problems which has since gone on to provide services for people with drug and gambling issues as well.
Our policies in relation to slavery and human trafficking
We only use specified, reputable employment agencies to source labour and always verify the practices of any new agency before accepting workers from that agency. This is reflected in our Recruitment & Selection Policy.
Our reward and recognition strategy ensures we monitor our total reward package to ensure we attract and retain appropriately skilled staff. We look to position our total reward offer competitively around the middle of the market.
We regularly review our terms of employment to ensure that they comply with all relevant legislation and we ensure comply with the National Living Wage.
Employees are provided with clear and transparent information about rates of pay, hours worked and legal deductions.
We expect all employees to adhere to the Group’s Staff Code of Conduct.
All employees are asked to confirm they have the appropriate permissions to work and provide proof of their identify so we know who will be working for us.
We will brief all staff on the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to increase their awareness and understanding of what to do if they suspect a case of slavery or human trafficking;
We ensure that we have systems in place with an overarching whistle blowing policy to encourage the reporting of concerns and the protection of whistle blowers.
Our staff who are in contact with our tenants and people using care and support services are trained to identify any safeguarding issues, which include signs of exploitation, and comply with the referral process to ensure that incidents of this nature are reported to managers who then work with other agencies such as Local Authority Social Services and the Police.
Our safeguarding, tenancy and fraud policies and procedures enable us to take the appropriate action if slavery or human trafficking is identified by us within our homes or by people using our services.
Our supply chains
Our supply chains include the sourcing of products and services related to the management of housing, care and support and treatment services.
Our supply chain includes:
• Property related services and materials (construction and maintenance)
• Facilities management services
• Communications and IT equipment services
• Temporary/Agency staff
• Various professional services
• Office equipment and supplies
This is not an exhaustive list.
Our procurement activities take place in England and our contractors and suppliers are UK based. We follow The European Union Procurement Directives which govern good practice in procurement.
Our tendering process ensures we engage with reputable contractors who adhere to all appropriate legislation, regulation and practices. Our contract management arrangements help us ensure they maintain the standards required.
All our policies are reviewed on a continuous basis to ensure that they reflect best practice and to mitigate against risks.
We are currently reviewing our procurement policy, process and procedures to incorporate the relevant due diligence checks we will conduct with suppliers before entering into the contract.
As part of the Group’s ongoing activity we may also review or reconsider additional policies, procedures or requirements if appropriate to ensure there is no slavery or human trafficking taking place in our Group or in our supply chains.
This statement will be reviewed and updated as appropriate and at least annually.