Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

We are committed to designing our practices to help ensure that 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 help ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place anywhere in our business.

Our organisation
Choice Care provides care and support to adults with learning disabilities, autism, mental health conditions and other related 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.

Policies
We operate the following policies to help identify, mitigate and manage modern slavery and human trafficking risks in our operation:

Speak up policy

We encourage all our employees, 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 modern slavery or human trafficking. Our whistleblowing procedure is designed to make it easy for anyone 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 directly to their own bank account.

Due diligence
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, who have reviewed our policies and procedures in accordance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Training
We have reviewed our training modules and developed guidance to ensure staff are fully aware of the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and its impact on the company’s activities.

Board approval
This statement has been approved by our Board of Directors and is reviewed annually.

Valerie Michie
Chief Executive

For and on behalf of the Board of Directors of Choice Care, March 2024

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