Modern Slavery is a crime resulting in abhorrent abuse of the human rights of vulnerable workers. It can take on countless forms, such as human trafficking, slavery, forced labour and servitude.
Harmony Homecare Suffolk is a provider of care and support to adults over the age of 18, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and all other complex and challenging support needs across Suffolk & Cambridgeshire.
Placements into our services are funded by the individuals themselves, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and other organisations in the health and social care sector.
Harmony Homecare Suffolk recognises the extent and seriousness of the situation of modern slavery and human trafficking, and most importantly the impact it has on its targets. We are confident that the vigorous recruitment and identity checks which we carry out on our care workers goes some way to ensure modern slavery is not present in our company, however we do recognise this would not eradicate the risk entirely.
Identifying potential victims of modern slavery can be challenging as the crime can manifest itself in many ways. There is a range of abuse, and it is not always clear at which point, for example, poor working practises and a lack of heath and safety awareness have become instances of forced labour, slavery, human trafficking in the work environment. Harmony Homecare Suffolk accepts that it has a responsibility through its due diligence processes to ensure that care workers are not being exploited, that they are safe in the relevant employment, human rights and health and safety laws are being adhered to, including freedom of movement and communications.
As part of our initiative to identify and alleviate risk we ensure that any suppliers which we use treat their obligations towards modern slavery with the same importance which we do.
The systems we have in place are:
• Identify and assess potential risk areas in our business
• Alleviate the risk of human trafficking and slavery occurring in the business
• Monitor potential risk areas in the business
• Protect whistle blowers
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking and our policy forms part of the induction process for all the individuals which work for the company. Regular training will be provided on the policy and the risk which our business faces from modern slavery. Our employees are encouraged to identify and report any potential breaches of our anti-slavery policy.