Modern Slavery Act

Westgate Healthcare Group Limited

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

 

Introduction

Westgate Healthcare Group adopts a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery, human trafficking and any form of bribery and corruption within our operations or supply chain.

This statement is published in line with section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

The statement sets down our commitment to preventing slavery and human trafficking in our business activities and the steps we have put in place with the aim of ensuring that there is no slavery or human trafficking in our own business and supply chains. We all have a duty to be alert to risks, however small.  Staff are expected to report their concerns and management to act upon them.

What is Modern Slavery?

Modern slavery is a global crime impacting approximately 29.8 million individuals worldwide. This escalating issue crosses all boundaries of age, gender, and ethnicity. It encompasses both international victims and vulnerable individuals within the UK, who are coerced into illegal labour across various industries, including health, hospitality, construction, retail, and manufacturing.

About Us

Westgate Healthcare is a family-owned and run care group, founded by a nurse and her husband. With more than 20 years’ experience providing specialist and general residential care for people in later life.

Our commitment to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

We are committed to the principles of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and the abolition of modern slavery and human trafficking.

As an equal opportunities’ employer, we’re committed to creating and ensuring a non-discriminatory and respectful working environment for our staff.

We want all our staff to feel confident that they can expose wrongdoing without any risk to themselves.

Our recruitment and people management processes are designed to ensure that all prospective employees are legally entitled to work in the region and safeguard employees from any abuse or coercion.

We do not enter business with any organisation, in the UK or abroad, which knowingly supports or is found to be involved in slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour.

Our Policy

Westgate Healthcare has zero tolerance to slavery, human trafficking and violation of slavery law. Modern slavery is recognised as a category of abuse within our safeguarding policies.

Policies and procedures

We have a range of employment policies in place which ensure that our employees are fairly treated, supported, remunerated, and understand the behaviour expected by the organisation. 

We have several procedures in place that contribute to ensuring modern slavery does not occur in our business or supply chains.

Employment

  • Strong recruitment practices adhering to UK employment regulations, including ‘right to work in the UK’ document verification, employment contracts, and age checks to ensure all employees are 16 or older.
  • Recruitment, Selection, and Appointment of Staff policy that thoroughly outlines the recruitment process to guarantee rigorous checks at every stage.
  • Competitive pay and rewards, reviewed on an annual basis.
  • A comprehensive benefits package, offering extra health and welfare options to support the lifestyle choices of our staff and their families.

Reporting knowledge or suspicion of slavery

We have robust whistleblowing procedures that ensure anyone who has concerns, for example, about how staff are behaving or to report any suspicions our staff may have regarding modern slavery, has a means of raising their concerns confidentially.

We have Allegations Against Persons in a Position of Trust procedures which ensure any allegations made against staff are investigated thoroughly and appropriate onward referrals are made to external bodies and regulators.

Training

Awareness raising amongst our employees is key to ensuring that risk areas are recognised, and employees know what to do if they become aware of any concern associated with exploitation. We train and raise awareness among all our employees on a regular basis.

Our supply chain and Due Diligence

We have a range of suppliers that fall into several categories including, Corporate, Digital Services, Estates and Facilities, Health Care, Social Care and Human Resources.

Every new supplier undergoes a thorough vetting process to ensure they align with our business requirements and adhere to our company values.

As part of our approach to maintaining a supply chain that is free of modern slavery, forced labour and human trafficking, we require organisations working with us to meet the criteria within the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and to provide a copy or link to their anti-slavery statement.

Governance

Modern slavery as a form of abuse within safeguarding falls within our group safeguarding governance structure.

This Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement has been approved and authorised by:

 

Name:

 

Sanjiv Patel

 

Position:

Chief Executive Officer

Date:

01/03/2024

 

This statement will be reviewed and updated annually.