Modern slavery is a crime and a violation of fundamental human rights. It takes various forms, such as slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking, all of which have in common the deprivation of a person’s liberty by another in order to exploit them for personal or commercial gain. Forest Homecare is committed to improving our practices to combat slavery and human trafficking. This statement is made pursuant to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes Forest Homecare’s slavery and human trafficking statement.
We are committed to improving our practices to ensure there is no modern slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains, recruitment processes or in any part of our business. We believe in acting ethically and with integrity in all our business relationships to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business.
Forest Homecare provides care and support to adults. Placements into our services are funded by local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and other organisations in the health and social sector, as well as directly by the individuals we support themselves.
We operate the following policies to identify, mitigate and manage modern slavery risks in our operation:
Whistleblowing policy – we encourage all our workers, customers and other business partners to report any concerns related to the direct activities, or the supply chains, of the organisation. This includes any circumstances that may give rise to an enhanced risk of slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for workers to make disclosures without fear of retaliation.
Employee code of conduct and employment rules – these make it clear to all our employees the behaviour expected of them at all times when representing the company.
Recruitment policy – we conduct the proper recruitment checks on our staff which include ensuring they have the right to work in the UK and their salary is paid direct to each individual’s bank account.
We expect our suppliers and any third parties who make referrals to us to comply with the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
We have a dedicated quality compliance team to support our practices and we have reviewed our policies and procedures in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.
All training provided to new and existing staff ensures they are fully aware of the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its impact on our activities.