Modern Slavery Statement for financial year 2017/18
This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that brighterkind has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business. Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour.
brighterkind has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting 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.
brighterkind providers residential and nursing care to over 3,300 residents through the 70 care homes that it operates in Scotland, England and the Isle of Jersey. The organisation employs c.5.000 people with over 800 suppliers supporting the business.
brighterkind maintains a preferred supplier list. As the company has recently transferred to independently controlling the procurement process, we now 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 offences relating to modern slavery. We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light.
Our high risk areas
We aim to prevent modern slavery or human trafficking in our business right at the start of our recruitment processes. We have a recruitment policy which aligns with our principles in the way we work. Our business conducts rigorous pre-employment checks including eligibility to work, references, qualifications and proof of national insurance numbers.
We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:
- bkCQ004 Safeguarding Adults Policy
- bkHR039 Recruitment and selection Policy.
- bkHR009 Bullying and Harassment Policy
- bkHR050 Whistleblowing Policy.
- bkHR029 Eligibility to Work Policy
- bkHR007 Equality and Diversity in Employment Policy
Training and education
Training is undertaken with in all of our premises to ensure that modern slavery is raised as an area of concern. Our Essential Training Policy (bkHR051) ensures that all employees of brighterkind undertake Safeguarding Adults, which includes Modern Slavery, as a mandatory annual requirement. This is recorded on a training matrix and monitored by the central leadership team.
Our performance indicators
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that modern slavery and/or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- Our adverse incident reporting mechanism continues to return a zero search for any incidents involving the discovery of Modern Slavery or Human Trafficking.
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified.
- The suppliers we work with continue to demonstrate vigilance and ethical working practices relating to modern slavery / human trafficking as evidenced by our due diligence processes.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 22 June 2017