Last updated: 22 April 2022

Voyage Care is a provider of care and support to adults with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other complex and challenging support needs across the UK. 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.

Voyage Care recognises the scale and seriousness of the problem of modern slavery and human trafficking, and most importantly of the impact on its victims.  Whilst we are confident that the robust recruitment and identity checks we carry out on our staff go some way to ensuring modern slavery is not present in our business, we recognise that this does not eradicate the risk entirely. As an employer of over 10,000 employees, a number of whom are originally from outside of the UK, we realise that this potentially represents the biggest risk of modern slavery to our business.

This statement sets out the steps we have taken during the financial year ending 31st March 2022 in our continuing commitment to tackle modern slavery in our business and supply chains.

Training and awareness

We continue to see a high participation rate in our modern slavery e-learning module which was rolled out in 2020 to all Service Managers, Operations Managers, our Recruitment, HR, Learning and Development and Legal teams, and all Heads of Department.   

Following implementation of our new training platform in February 2022, which allows us to tailor and bespoke e-learning courses, we are in the process of reviewing the current modern slavery e-learning module to ensure that there is a focus on the specific risks within the care sector, in relation to both our employees and adults with learning disabilities.

We will endeavour to raise awareness of modern slavery to staff across the business by continuing to share relevant informative pieces on our award-winning employee intranet site, Hive, which is available to all of our employees, including frontline staff.

Recruitment processes

Following the end of free movement between mainland Europe and the UK in 2021, Voyage Care is acutely aware that, due to more restrictive immigration systems, there is an increased risk of exploitation of migrant workers.

Nationwide recruitment challenges have also impacted upon the care sector, increasing our reliance on agency staffing and, therefore, the number of recruitment agencies we are working with.  However, all agencies we work with are subject to comprehensive due diligence checks are required to sign up to our specific recruitment agency terms and conditions to ensure that the robust recruitment and identity checks we carry out for our own permanent and bank staff are replicated in our supply chain.

We have now implemented our new recruitment and Applicant Tracking System which is serving to improve our already rigorous recruitment processes.

Suppliers and third-party partners

We have this year developed and implemented a new bespoke purchase to pay system; this allows our services across the country to purchase from approved suppliers, ultimately allowing us to have greater control and oversight of our supply chains. 

We continue to ensure that our suppliers and any third-party partners who we work with are also complying with the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.  We ensure that all contracts with our suppliers contain clauses relating to our mutual legal obligations to tackle modern slavery within our respective businesses. 

We will continue to reflect and encourage suggestions from our employees, particularly those on the frontline, as to any further measures we can put in place to play our part in the battle against modern slavery.

This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 1st April 2022

Name: Andrew Cannon

Position: Chief Executive Officer

For and on behalf of VC Healthcare Topco Limited and its subsidiary companies

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