Last updated: 09 November 2020
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 2020 in our continuing commitment to tackle modern slavery in our business and supply chains.
Training and awareness
We have now rolled out new and more in-depth e-learning material to educate our employees about modern slavery.
In the coming year, we plan to review this current training material, by engaging and taking feedback from our employees to see whether the course material can be improved or tailored more to the specific risks to our business, particularly the risks to the people we support themselves, given the many documented incidents of people with learning disabilities falling victim to modern slavery in the UK. We also aim to drive up the uptake of the training even further to achieve a completion rate of 100% for those whom it is currently compulsory for.
We have sourced literature and posters to display in our services across the country so that information is accessible to our frontline staff; these materials will raise awareness of modern slavery, in particular the trademark signs which may indicate a case of modern slavery and what an employee should do if they suspect that a fellow employees or a person we support is a victim of modern slavery.
In the last 12-18 months we have sourced temporary, fixed term and permanent employees from a much smaller, more defined list of recruitment agencies; this has enabled us to work much more closely with the agencies, which gives us increased confidence in the workers we are engaging through them. In the coming year, we will be implementing a new recruitment and Applicant Tracking System which will serve to improve our already rigorous recruitment processes.
Suppliers and third-party partners
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. This year we will undertake greater scrutiny of our suppliers’ Modern Slavery statements and the measures they are taking to tackle modern slavery.
Whilst we have identified the key steps we intend to take this year to play our part in the battle against modern slavery, 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 going forwards.
This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 29th October 2020.
Chief Executive Officer
For and on behalf of Voyage Care Holdco Limited and its subsidiary companies