This statement sets out the steps that Towerview Care 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. Towerview Care has a zero- tolerance approach to any form of modern slavery and human trafficking. 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 chains.
Towerview Care is a social care provider that as a group provides support services to care for people living with mental health and complex care needs such as challenging and disinhibited behaviour. The 215 ladies and gentlemen we care for are primarily over 65 but the service does take adults of working age. We employ 368 staff members (as a group) in total across 7 locations.
We care for those with complex, challenging, mental, physical and emotional needs by providing person-centred care and looking after the whole person; their emotional, social and care needs. We believe in celebrating life and focusing on what individuals can do, rather than what they can’t. Our opening hours of business are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days per year. The particular partners we work with are Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) Acute and Mental Health hospital settings.
Towerview Care implements its business strategy in an ethically, socially and environmentally responsible manner. We fully acknowledge our responsibility to respect human rights as set out in the International Bill of Human Rights. The IBHR informs all of our policies related to the rights and freedoms of every individual who works for us, either as a direct employee, agency worker or indirectly through our supply chain. We are also committed to implementing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights throughout our operations. Respect for the dignity of the individual – and the importance of each individual’s human rights – form the basis of the behaviours we expect in every workplace nationally.
We will not accept any form of discrimination, harassment or bullying and we require all of our managers to implement policies designed to increase equality of opportunity and inclusion for all employees including agency workers. We have also developed and implemented policies and processes which are intended to extend these commitments through our supply chain.
We have several internal policies to ensure that we are conducting business ethically and transparently. These include:
- Human Rights Policy and our Ethics Policy where we confirm that we will not tolerate or condone the abuse of human rights within any part of our business or supply chains and will take seriously any allegations that human rights are not properly respected
- Whistleblowing Policy, aimed principally at our employees but also available to others working in our supply chains which encourages staff to report any wrongdoing which extends to human rights violations like Modern All reports will be fully investigated and appropriate remedial actions are taken and we will work closely with social care and health providers ensuring that our policies and procedures dovetail with local procedures and best practice
- A robust recruitment policy, including conducting eligibility to work in the UK checks for all employees to safeguard
- Employee Code of Conduct is consistent with any professional codes of conduct.
The Company encourages members of the public or people not employed by us to write, in confidence, to raise any concern, issue or suspicion of modern slavery in any part of our business.
We conduct due diligence on all suppliers before allowing them to become a preferred supplier. Suppliers are required to confirm that no part of their business operations contradicts this policy. As part of our contract with suppliers, they confirm to us that:
- They have taken steps to eradicate modern slavery within their business
- They hold their suppliers to account over modern slavery
- For UK based suppliers, they pay their employees at least the national minimum wage/national living wage (as appropriate) and to ensure that within their supply chains, where UK based suppliers have overseas supply chains, that their employees’ pay is consistent with their national minimum wage requirements, working conditions are safe and fair, there is no child labour and working hours are not excessive
- We may terminate the contract at any time should any instances of modern slavery come to light
Our supply chains include procurement of staff, consumables, facilities maintenance, utilities, equipment suppliers, premises servicing, food suppliers, waste management and professional services. We will conduct a risk assessment and will ensure that we will take further steps to ensure that we support the eradication of modern slavery, that staff understand how to recognise modern slavery and the appropriate safeguarding reporting processes are followed should there be concerns within our supply chains, with customers or suppliers.
We will know the effectiveness of the steps that we are taking to ensure that slavery is not taking place within our business or supply chain if:
- No reports are received from employees, the public, or law enforcement agencies or local safeguarding teams to indicate that modern slavery practices have been identified
We aim to encourage openness and will support anyone who raises genuine concerns in good faith under this policy, even if they turn out to be mistaken. We are committed to ensuring that no one suffers any detrimental treatment as a result of reporting in good faith their suspicion that modern slavery of whatever form is or may be taking place in any part of our business. Detrimental treatment includes dismissal, disciplinary action, threats or other unfavourable treatment connected with raising a concern. Towerview Care will accept and take seriously concerns communicated anonymously. However, retention of anonymity does render investigations and makes validation more difficult and can make the process less effective. Individuals are therefore encouraged to put their names to allegations. Any claims or allegations made which are found to be malicious or vexatious will result in disciplinary action being taken against the individual.
Responsibility for this Statement
The ultimate responsibility for the prevention of modern slavery rests with the Managing Director for ensuring that this policy and its implementation complies with our legal and ethical obligations. Managers at all levels are responsible for ensuring that those reporting to them understand and comply with this policy and are given adequate and regular training on it and the issue of modern slavery.
Assessment of effectiveness in preventing Modern Slavery
We understand that modern slavery risk is not static, and will continue our approach to mitigating this risk. We will assess the risk via our internal auditing processes.
This statement is made according to section 54(1) of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 and constitutes the modern slavery and human trafficking statement of Towerview Care for the financial year ending 31 December 2021.
Approval for this statement
This statement was approved by Shirley Rowe, Managing Director on the 7th February 2022