Slavery and Human Trafficking Policy

1. INTRODUCTION

The Modern Slavery Act 2015 introduced changes in UK law, focused on increasing transparency in supply chains. Specifically, large businesses are now required to disclose the steps they have taken to ensure their business and supply chains are free from modern slavery (that is, slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking). Although Vita Health Group (RehabWorks Ltd, Right CoreCare Ltd, Crystal Palace Physio Group Ltd, including any other subsidiary companies or trading names) is not legally obliged to produce a slavery and human trafficking statement, the directors and staff feel it is appropriate to include this statement as it supports our organisational culture and values.

2. SCOPE

This document applies to all employees and contract workers who work directly for Vita Health Group and relevant supply chains.

3. STATEMENT

Vita Health Group is committed to ensuring a sustainable and ethical business, and as such will work towards eliminating the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking in all of its activities and services. We are committed to ensuring that no person's human rights are violated, and that all employees and suppliers are treated fairly, and that our business partners and suppliers do the same.

4. PEOPLE

To minimise the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking for direct employees:

  1. We confirm the identities of all new employees and their right to work in the United Kingdom.
  2. We are a National Living Wage employer.
  3. Our Business Ethics Policy lays out guidance on fair and equal treatment of individuals.
  4. Our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy lays out guidance on diversity, confidentiality, and fairness.
  5. Our Grievance Policy and Whistleblowing Policy lays out how staff can raise concerns.

5. PROCUREMENT AND SUPPLY CHAIN

Our procurement approach follows the Supplier Evaluation policy which includes some mandatory criteria, one of them including the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

6. CONTINUOUS STAFF ENGAGEMENT

  1. Continue to support our staff to understand and respond to modern slavery and human trafficking, and the impact that each and every individual can have in keeping present and potential future victims of modern slavery and human trafficking safe.
  2. Work to ensure that all staff have access to training on how to identify those who are victims of modern slavery and human trafficking. This training will include the latest information and will help staff develop the skills to support individuals who come into contact with health services
  3. Work with NHS funded organisations to ensure modern slavery and human trafficking are taken seriously and features prominently in safeguarding work plans.

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