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Modern slavery statement

This statement is made pursuant to s.54 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and sets out the steps that Advinia has taken and is continuing to take to ensure that modern slavery or human trafficking is not taking place within our business or supply chain.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, human trafficking and forced labour. Advinia has a zero tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery. We are committed to acting ethically and with integrity and transparency in all business dealings and to putting effective systems and controls in place to safeguard against any form of modern slavery taking place within the business or our supply chain.

Our business

Advinia is a network of 37 care homes providing full spectrum of care services. Our senior management team has been involved in care since 1999 and works in partnership with staff, residents, family and social workers. We know choosing a care home is a difficult decision, and we pride ourselves on providing homely facilities without an institutional feel. Individuality is at the heart of our care and we ensure personal choice and family wishes are respected. Our on-going training for our staff ensures a high standard of care to our residents.

Advinia has approximately 4000 employees in its network of care homes in England and Scotland, most of which are employed on permanent basis, with some additional workers supplied by temporary staffing agencies.

Our policies

Advinia understands that appropriate policies should be in place which are crucial for developing anti-slavery and anti-trafficking standards across the company and will influence suppliers’ and employees’ decision making on a day-to-day basis. We operate a number of internal policies to ensure that our business is conducted in an ethical and transparent manner. These include:

  1. Staff Recruitment/Preventing Employment of Illegal Workers Policy. We operate a robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard against human trafficking or individuals being forced to work against their will.
  2. Whistleblowing policy. This policy is designed to reassure all employees that it is acceptable to speak up and to enable them to raise any concern they may have about an issue at an early stage and in the right way. Concerns that could be an issue and things that employees think we should be made aware of should be reported through this policy and may be to do with certain areas, e.g. criminal activity or other unethical conduct.
  3. Company grievance policy. We have a mechanism in place which encourages full disclosure of any issues and problems and the procedure for addressing and remedying of identified issues.

Our suppliers

Advinia has developed a process for informed business decisions, including the selection of suppliers, subcontractors, or third-party recruitment agencies. We maintain a preferred supplier list and conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. This due diligence includes an online search to ensure that particular organisation has never been convicted of offenses relating to modern slavery. Our anti-slavery policy forms part of our contract with all suppliers and they are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy.

Approval for this statement

This statement was approved by the Board of Directors on 29th June 2018.